What is Labor Day?

   Labor Day is a U.S holiday held the first Monday in September.  Unlike most U.S. holidays, it is a strange celebration without rituals, except for BBQ’s and some shopping.  For most people it simply marks the last weekend of summer and the start of school.  But the holiday founders envisioned something very different from what it has become.

   Originally the day established in the 1880’s in New York City, was to unify workers and seek to reduce work time.  There was no support from the government to recognize a holiday so workers staged a one day strike, marched in a parade and then gathered to eat and drink in a grand picnic.  Thus Labor Day came about because workers were protesting 60-60 hour work weeks.  The Labor unions were seeking an eight hour work day and more days off.  The effect worked, so now, most jobs are forty hours a week with most working five days a week.

   Surprising, many politicians and business owners were in favor so that workers and families would have more time to spend their wages on travel and entertainment.  But the proclamation as a national holiday was years off and even then it did not mandate business or factories to shut down or give the day off, especially with pay.  It is still voluntary, although most government agencies do follow that practice.

   Isn’t it interesting that God thought of this far sooner than America.  In fact, God instituted the Sabbath Day at creation and expected mankind to find a time of re-centering, re-focusing and recreation every seven days.

   Please use this Labor Day weekend to remember that God is vitally interested in your well being, and so invested that you can actually trust Him, relax, and thank Him for His glorious provisions all through your life