MONDAY September 4, 2017
When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. - Psalm 128:2
Today is Labor Day. In the late 19th century the trade union and labor movements grew. It was proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. They created a labor movement that set aside a “workingmen’s holiday.” The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor.
It is believed that either Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday. Congress passed an act to make Labor Day a legal holiday. By 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated the official holiday. What is interesting is that the Sunday before the Labor Day holiday was called Labor Sunday and attention was given to the spiritual and education features of the labor movement.
In the United States this public holiday honors the American worker for all the contributions that workers have made to strengthen, and prosper our great country. The American work force is recognized for their efforts in a yearly tribute on the first Monday in September. Many people have street parades, festivals and even speeches are given to celebrate the occasion.
Being on a Monday, the holiday has become known as, Labor Day Weekend. It is considered to be the unofficial end of summer. It also marks the time when many children go back to school, and when many sports activities begin. We work and enjoy the temporal benefits of our earthly, hard labor. How much more should we labor to serve the Lord for His eternal benefits given to us?
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
~1 Corinthians 15:58~
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