Why celebrate Labor Day?

By Kay Owen-Larson

 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (ESV)

Labor Day is a public holiday in the United States. Always observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day celebrates and honors the contribution of the American system of organized labor and workers to the prosperity and economic strength of the nation. The Monday of Labor Day along with the Saturday and Sunday preceding it is known as the Labor Day Weekend and is traditionally considered the end of summer.

Labor Day is the day to “throw down your tools,” and eat too many hot dogs while thanking American workers for their collective contribution to the strength, prosperity, and quality of life that we enjoy as Americans.

In every sense, the underlying meaning of Labor Day is different from that of any other yearly holiday. It is a time to honor those who work hard all year long to provide our needs.

While you plan a fabulous Labor Day weekend, don’t forget the workers who have made your life easier because of their efforts. Often, we turn a blind eye toward laborers and workers who toil to make our lives better. On this Labor Day, let us acknowledge and appreciate their effort.

Remember to thank your parents who have labored for you all of their life, (I was born on Labor Day weekend) remember the workers at your church, thank the nurses who work tirelessly to help your parents/grandparents in the nursing homes, and the people who labor in the grocery stores. Too many to name, but you get the idea. It’s a time to be grateful and thankful for those around us who serve us.

Have a blessed and safe holiday!


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