Whether you find yourself in the ranks of management or labor, today is a good day to stop and thank God for all the people He uses to meet our needs.
Dear God, on this Labor Day, we give You thanks for all those who work in stores and markets, in mines and fields, on ships and planes, in the armed forces, in factories and warehouses, in hospitals and churches, in offices and classrooms. God, we benefit from the labor of so many people, many of whom we never see. Thank You for their good work and faithful service. And thank You for our market economy that provides jobs and benefits to so many people. May our work always glorify You. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Just a Reminder: Why do we celebrate Labor Day today?
For most working Americans, the first Monday in September is a holiday—for managers and labor alike. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman railcar workers strike spiraled out of control ending in violence that left 30 dead and damage in the millions. The strike prompted Congress to establish the holiday, and President Cleveland signed it into law just days after federal troops ended the bloody strike.
Had both management and labor of the day taken Paul’s words seriously and recognized their accountability before God, we likely would be at work today and that sad era of American business would have been avoided.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.
4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. (Colossians 3:22-25)
Whether we are employees or employers may we be found faithful as the servants to each other God calls us to be.
Prayer adapted and reposted with permission from Prayers at Work.