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It is only the beginning of September and many of us are back into the routine of the fall. Temperatures remain hot but the autumn agendas and schedules are already in place. Some of us may wonder where the summer months went while others are hopeful for cooler weather in October.
With Labor Day weekend, many of us appreciate the holiday that acknowledges the efforts or labor of Americans who are the instruments of “social and economic achievement.” This national holiday, established in 1894, is a reflection of an American work ethic that encourages those who labor to do all we do—better.
In our walk with the Lord, I am reminded that there is a call for us to labor for the Lord each day. As we serve the Lord in our jobs, attend school, work at home, or volunteer, we are His hands and His feet. Although we may feel uninspired when the work we do seems less than dynamic, our hands and voices are an extension for the Lord. He is active in the lives of those called by Him. Therefore, we do not labor in vain!
As we labor this week, what might it look like if we offered every day—every meeting, volunteer hour, or assignment—with a focus that said:
“Lord, this effort is for you.May my labor and my life be a reflection of you.I offer this day to you that you may be glorified and others may be drawn closer to you because of your power and presence in me.”
Let us take our faith and witness to those places where we labor—not in vain, but in the power of the Lord who transforms and bears great fruit in the vineyards where we serve. Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV).
Blessings as we labor together for the Lord.
The Rev. Steven SaulAssociate Rector, Congregational Care
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