One of my favorite writers, a former Southern Baptist preacher who was at Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth and later became an Episcopalian rector, is named John Claypool. He died September 5, 2005 and was an inspiration to many. As Claypool reminds us on this upcoming Labor Day: “When we offer up our daily work to the glory of God and the benefit of our families and communities, we proceed to play our roles in the daily struggle to make God more visible in the world and bring God’s realm into fuller realization.”
Labor Day is a day to celebrate the work we do in the world. Often, our work is one of the ways we define our lives and thereby celebrate our lives. I suggest that this week we use the following prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr, who offered it up to God and for us:
O God, you have bound us together in this life.Give us grace to understand how our lives dependon the courage, the industry, the honesty,and the integrity of all who labor.May we be mindful of their needs, grateful for their faithfulness,and faithful in our responsibilities to them;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May this Labor Day be a day of thanksgiving for our honest work in God’s Realm.