Dear Church Family,
After 18 months of COVID-19 disruption and difficulty, I’m not sure how I feel about “celebrating our work” this Labor Day Weekend.
Like all Federal holidays, Labor Day was created with a specific purpose – to celebrate and remember something. However, unlike how we approach most vacations, Labor Day is meant to be a celebration of work itself (as opposed to celebrating that we don’t have to work)! I LOVE that. We don’t celebrate enough, and there is so much that we should celebrate – like our labors and our work!
But, like I said above, after 18 months of having our work and labor frustrated and disrupted, with the Delta variant having reaped havoc on all our Fall plans for a return to something more normal, I’m not sure how I feel about celebrating my/our work this Labor Day Weekend. How about you?
Thankfully, God’s Word addresses our situation and its difficulties and frustrations! God’s Word addresses the hopes we have for our work to be meaningful and the struggle and sense of futility we often know with regard to our labor.
So, take some time to consider how you are feeling about your work and labor these past 18 months. Consider what are you hoping for work-wise whenever we finally get on the other side of the COVID, then read and reflect on Ecclesiastes 9:9-12 and 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. Notice how God’s Word addresses the futility and powerlessness we feel: So much is out of our control in our fallen world. God’s Word also (re)directs us as to how, as followers of Christ, we should think about our work, its outcomes, and our goals in the service of our King.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday and seeking the face of God together.
Yours in Christ,