FOCUS: 140th celebration of Labor Day - September 5


The first celebration of Labor Day was Tuesday, September 5 of 1882, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as a holiday and many cities around the country began to celebrate the “workingmen’s holiday.” So, Labor Day celebrations have been in existence for 140 years.

The word labor means many things to many people. Labor is a noun and is a word for physical or manual work done for hire in economic production. Labor means to toil mentally or physically. Labor can be a time of making difficult decisions and labor can mean the stress of childbirth. The Labor Day of many is a time for celebration for the various work done by men and women all over the United States and beyond. Labor Day is the ending of summer and the beginning of fall. For many years, families have enjoyed the weekend with picnics, swimming, games and fun. The last two years have been focused on COVID-19, which has involved social distancing and mask mandates. There are still cases of the virus, which continues to cancel family plans. Labor Day celebrations may be difficult for many men and women who have lost their jobs. The increase in the cost of food and gasoline enter in the decisions of families to stay at home instead of traveling for the long weekend. The violence in our country has increased, which also keeps families from traveling. The fear of violence is also a concern.

I wrote an article about Labor Day in 1914 and again in 1920 and shared about the difficult decisions the President and Congress had to make with the loss of jobs here and abroad. The job market was drastically affected with the pandemic around the world. The violence in our cities has also destroyed many businesses, homes and people. We have lost too many of our nation’s men and women who held jobs and raised families. We have lost too many of our children who have been killed in school or on the streets. The history of America is special, and the direction of our country has lost the light it was created to share with each other. We need to pray for Americans to begin to shine the light of hope, kindness, forgiveness, patience and the special one on one experiences we used to share. If we love America, we need to work together. How can organizations, businesses, companies, leaders, volunteer organizations and we the people address this attack on this land we love? There is much work to do. 

The word labor is a word for our nation. We can begin this Labor Day with love toward our families, our neighbors, those we have conflict with, those we work with and find ways we can discuss issues without hostility, bitterness and hatred. The labor of love for one another is a good beginning. By working together, we can make a difference in our communities, our homes, our schools our nation and the world. We have a difficult job ahead of us. Let us begin this Labor Day with a prayer of guidance by our Heavenly Father. We cannot let America be destroyed by hate and fear. The big question facing our country is what do you want in your America? Do you want freedom to make your own choices? Do you want to be One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for all? Do you want to be free to labor at the job you wish to study, train and work in? Do you want to choose your own home, have the children you wish to have and school them as you wish? Do you want to keep your families safe? Do you believe in our Constitutional Rights? It is time for America to take a long look at where we are on this Labor Day. It is time to get to work. To labor is to progress with great effort and painful exertion and labor an argument, which will bring an answer to your labor. Is the America we love worth the effort?

I leave you with these thoughts. “We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the law breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his or her actions.” — Ronald Reagan

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

God has a plan. Pray for direction to follow it, patience to wait on it and knowledge to know when it comes.

September prayer: Lord fill our hearts with the splendor of the season. Our souls are tired, it’s been a hard year. Autumn reminds us that change can be beautiful. Thank you for the blessings ahead – Author unknown.

Have a great Labor Day!

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