What is Labor Day really all about?
Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September, was created by the labor movement and is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.
A little-known fact is that by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
How many of you knew that? That just goes to show how much our country has changed and strayed from the Christian principles and values on which it was founded.
As Christians, let’s observe Labor Sunday on September 3rd, and dedicate it to ‘the spiritual and educational aspects’ of workers who continue to make this country great. Take a co-worker to church with you, and introduce them to Jesus and His unconditional love. Spend the day resting in the conscious presence of the Lord.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Matthew 11:28-30
What a beautiful way to observe and revive a forgotten day!