September 3, 2018
Happy Labor Day to all of the hardworking people out there, whatever your profession. I hope that you feel supported in what you do to contribute to our lives. I was so fortunate to grow up in a family with a strong work ethic and to marry a man with the same commitment. Our children continue with dedication to work done well, and they are passing that commitment down to their children – something not always the case in this day and age.
Our Christian heritage supports this strong work ethic, including the Puritan rule that those who don’t work don’t eat. Dedication to faith and family always includes working hard to provide all of the family with food and shelter and all other needs. In addition, we believe in giving part of what we receive for our work to our churches and to charities which help others who may not be able to earn all that they need.
Jesus was raised by a carpenter in a community of laboring people. He chose working men – fishermen and others – to be his Disciples. He saw in men like Peter not only the understanding and dedication to the faith but also the commitment which would lead to hard work in supporting and spreading the Gospel. When He talked to them about being “fishers of men,” he was relating their Christian duties to what they knew from their profession.
Jesus honored workers in His parables and teachings. Farmers or “sowers” and shepherds were mentioned often in His stories. The crowds who gathered to listen to Him including people who were familiar with all aspects of agriculture and other “blue collar” jobs related to natural resources. And of course, shepherds were there to see Him shortly after His birth and to recognize Him as the Messiah who would offer compassion and salvation to all. Can you imagine their excitement in realizing that they and their families would be blessed with His message and His promise?
Thank God for work and for all workers!