Posted on September 2, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers?
Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing?
Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive
for the greater gifts. And I will show
you a still more excellent way.”
–1 Corinthians 12:29-31
Today is a day called Labor Day, which brings a conclusion to a long three-day weekend. Some celebrate this time as the “official end of summer,” or simply a day to to take a break from our work. The day originated in 1882 in New York City with a parade organized by a machinist and a carpenter.
As people of faith, this is also a day to give thanks for our work and reflect on how we as God’s people live out our faith in our work. When we are able to find those openings or opportunities to blend our work and our faith together, it truly can be a labor of love.
Author and teacher Rabbi Harold Kushner says that most of us live in two worlds…The world of work, which honors people for being achievement-minded and productive; and the world of faith, where compassion, helping, sharing and giving are honored. He says often we simply compute back and forth between those two worlds.
On this Labor Day, may we take some time to think about how our world of work and our world of faith function in our lives. Also, take time to pray for those looking for work; that doors may open and lead to the opportunity for honest and satisfying work that can become a labor of love.