Spiritual Labor Day

Labor Day was originally intended to draw attention to the contributions of American workers, to give them a time to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of their labors, and to create change (like requiring the 8-hour workday).

Honor LaborWe don’t celebrate labor much today, but our country is nothing without the skill and labor of workers (we have experienced the devastation when too much focus is put on making money from money). We need to celebrate all those who show up and produce goods and services.

I suggest that we also observe Spiritual Labor Day, to help ourselves learn about a different kind of labor: praying, being quiet, sitting still, listening for God.

Unlike our boss at work, who expects us to produce to a certain standard and rewards or punishes us based on how well we do, the executives at Jesus & Company– part of universal GodWorks–are just glad whenever we tune in long enough to get some guidance. When we do, we receive benefits (even if we do not see them). When we do not, they wait patiently for our next check-in.

Today, why not take a few minutes–say 6 minutes for every hour of television you watch, sort of a time tithe–to engage in spiritual labor? Maybe even do it tomorrow, too.

The benefits cannot be equaled anywhere else.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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