31 Aug Pastor’s Paragraph for September 1, 2019
Pastor's Paragraph for September 1, 2019
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
This Sunday in church I will share my “labor” history. I, like many of you, had summer jobs, a fast food restaurant stint and a college work experience. I look forward to hearing your work history as well.
The Sunday of Labor Day weekend is often called Labor Sunday, a day to lift up workers, celebrate their contributions, and support their struggles. It is also a day to commit ourselves to improving jobs so that all workers have wages, benefits, and work hours that allow them to be self sufficient and live lives of wholeness.
Conditions and events at our workplaces absorb our energy, occupy our minds, and impact our psyches when we are at work and after returning home. For most of us—we leave home, work, come home, and all is good.
Yet for some workers, maybe even some of us, we confront particularly unjust situations—unsafe conditions, low pay, racism, sexism, and other abuses. All people, whatever their position in the hierarchy of jobs, may suffer from indignities, large and small, that cripple their spirit and hinder their journey to greater wholeness— the wholeness that God intends for each of us whether we are in school, working, or retired.
As The United Methodist Church and part of the body of Christ, we are called to seek out and accompany people wherever they are. So we, as the Church, must also be in our offices, factories, stores, farms, schools, and all the places where people work. As Isaiah reminds us, we are called “to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6).
Please join me in prayer on Monday as we celebrate labor, all that it is and all that we may make of it in God’s name.
Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver