A Working Connection
“Now there are varieties of gifts,
but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of services,
but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities,
but it is the same God who activates all of them in every one.”
–1 Corinthians 12:4-6
On this Labor Day, you may have a break from your work and ‘labor.’ This day and the weekend that precedes it is sometimes referred to as the “official end of summer,” and is usually the days before the start of the school year. Often Labor Day weekend includes family gatherings, camping trips, one last time to the cabin, grill outs and work in the yard.
As people of faith, hopefully we can also take time on Labor Day to offer thanks to God for the work we do or the work we have done that has supported us and our families. I invite us also to take time to think about our connection to others and their work and labor.
It is hard to think of much that we do throughout the day that does not involve the work and labor of others. Everything from those that have grown, harvested, transported, prepared, and sold or served the fresh food we have to eat; to those who run the industries that make it possible to have electricity and air conditioning; to those who make possible our transportation by automobile or plane or bus or train or bike; and on and on.
There is work and labor behind everything we put our trust in and depend upon. May we take time on this Labor Day to think about the worth of our work and the work of others; and give thanks to God for the variety of gifts and services that are involved in the living of our days.