To many workers, it retains its original meaning - a welcome break from physical labor in the form of a Federal holiday.
To other workers, Labor Day is synonymous with "Labor Day Weekend" and means a picnic, barbecue, or one last relaxing weekend getaway.
And for many of us, Labor Day and the end of summer means the resumption of Fall routines. In that sense, Labor Day is more of a "New Year's Day" than January 1st, because -- with the resumption of school and more predictable work patterns - early September is the time of year we get back into habits and routines.
So if this is a time for you to develop new eating, exercise, and sleep patterns, why not new spiritual habits as well?
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church, to join me in making "Labor Day Resolutions," using some time this Monday to think through your daily and weekly habits, and deliberately schedule time for weekly worship and daily prayer and Bible reading in those habits.
I invite you to join me in carving out time - now, before the calendar really fills up! -for you and God to be alone together: fifteen minutes to half an hour a day to sit alone in uninterrupted silence. (If you need help developing a prayer ritual, here's one good way to start; and here is a resource for guides to reading the Bible.
There are few guarantees in life, but I promise you this:
If you set aside daily time to develop conversational intimacy with God, and stick to it, you will find God
- stirring your heart,
- redirecting and better marshaling your energies,
- calming your mind, and
- filling you with a grace and a peace that you've never known before.
I guarantee it, because God promises it.
And prayer is always response: response to God's prior invitation and initiative.
So: what's your response?