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Labor Day….Just another day off of school?

on September 4, 2012

I went back to Buffalo, NY for a wedding this past weekend. It was beautiful! But, while I was there and visiting some family, my uncle made a statement, “Labor day is a day where parents have off of work, and their kids need to labor around the house since they don’t have school.” And I thought, what is labor day for…really? I mean, is it just another day that we have off of work and school (unless you go to a Christian college as my husband does…)?

So, as I typically do when I’m curious, I began to research. And I came across the website for the U.S. Department of Labor. What?! I bet you didn’t know it existed either. Well, here’s their definition of what Labor Day really is – “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” So….Labor Day is just another day to celebrate how great we are as a nation? Not necessarily. “Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Labor Day is a day where we can say “Thank you God, that we have had such generous people come before us and make this country free, strong, and generally safe and prosperous.” I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to thank the generations who worked so hard before me so that I could live such a prosperous and comfortable life in this country. It also makes me remember that I need to thank God for creating this earth and for sustaining it. It makes me think of a Psalm that I really enjoy to read. Psalm 100 says –

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

What did you do today to thank God and Generations before you for all that you’ve been privileged to be blessed with on this Labor Day?


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