For many, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer activities as kids return to school, the last day to wear white, or a welcomed start of the fall season. Now, let’s reflect on its true origin.
Labor Day was established by the labor movement in the late 1800’s. The Industrial Revolution forced the average American to work 12-hour days for very low wages. Children as young as 6 toiled alongside their parents in mills, mines and factories in unsafe conditions. President Cleveland signed this “workingman’s holiday” into law and a new era was born for worker’s rights.
Unlike recent years, the Coronavirus has introduced uncertainty on this Labor Day. Routine activities like whether to leave home or where we worship have become stressful decisions while others suffer from isolation or fear for their health.
In this changed environment, remember that Jesus Christ never changes. He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb 13:8). We can put all our trust in him. If we acknowledge the Lord in each of our decisions, he will direct our paths (Prov 3:6).
We must accept that although things have changed, by faith we can embark upon this New Horizon expecting God’s blessings, signs, and miracles in our lives.