Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Begun as a nod toward labor unions, today Labor Day focuses more simply upon the value of work. Labor. In Genesis, Adam was tasked to care for the garden into which he was placed. Upon being expelled from the Garden, the Lord told Adam that he would have to work, that "by the sweat of his brow" he would produce food and care for himself and his family.

Work is the nature of man's existence. In fact, work is vital to dignity of mankind. Work, all work, gives purpose, value and dignity.

With an official unemployment rate of 10% and with the real percentage pegged by most at 15% or more, it behooves us to remember those who seek meaningful employment this Labor Day weekend, in our private and corporate prayers.

Work. We thank God for our bodies and minds which we may gives to tasks that demonstrate we are created in God's image.

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer
want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this
land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find
suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment
for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer

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