Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/6/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Peachez Joles
Fairmount UMC
Jarbalo UMC
Kansas City District
Elmer Armijo
Kansas City: Aqua De la Roca
Kansas City District
Bruce Draper
Kansas City: Bristol Hill UMC
Kansas City District
Gary Roellchen
Kansas City: Central UMC
Kansas City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Genesis 2:1-3

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Today's Devotional

Happy Labor Day everyone! Today’s the day to grill and enjoy the last few moments of summer. But Labor Day is not just about being on the lake or enjoying all the Labor Day sales, it started as a day to remember the strikes and the fight for workers’ rights, especially the right to a day off. In the late 1800s many people worked jobs that required them to work all day, seven days a way. One of the first “Labor Days” was celebrated in 1882 when thousands of New York workers marched out of work to say, “We deserve to be treated fairly and have a day off.” Just a few years later, in 1894 this day was signed into law as a national holiday in the United States. This struggle for equal workers rights was also a major part of our history as Methodists.
 
The 1908 Methodist Episcopal Social Creed demands a day of rest each week, a living wage, and to put an end to child labor. We took a stand to make sure all people could thrive and be a part of the community. Now in 2021, many years after the first Labor Day and the writing of our Social Creed, things have changed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our workforce has drastically shifted, as many people lost their jobs, began seeing home as a place of rest and also work, and not to mention the many places looking for workers to keep business afloat. For most of us, the past year brought new challenges in our work, new obstacles for how we adapted and coped.
 
And I think this year left many of us tired and exhausted, but on this Labor Day it should be about rest. It should be that day where we can enjoy God’s creation with family and friends, where we can say “Let us treat ourselves fairly and rest.” Do not worry about the work to do, instead simply rest on this day. Look at all the work you’ve done this year and allow yourself to rest and see it is good.
 
--Maddi Baugous
Omaha First UMC
maddi.baugous@fumcomaha.org
 
 

Prayer for Reflection

God of the heavens and earth, you rested. You took time to take a break and rest. May we remember the history of Labor Day to remind us to rest. Together we pray. Amen.
 

 

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