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Labor of Love

In the US we recognize Labor Day weekend as the unofficial end of summer. Many of us remember not returning to school until after Labor Day weekend. Labor Day in the US and Canada falls on the first Monday in the month of Sept, while more than 80 other countries celebrate this day on May 1, commemorating the tragic Haymarket Affair. Many of us will hold picnics, last BBQ’s/grill-outs of the season this weekend, bookending the summer season opening with Memorial Day, but as with Memorial Day, there lies a deeper meaning to the festivities. 

This day of celebration is meant to celebrate the many advances that trade unions and the Labor Movement have given us; for example, the weekend. Without the Labor Movement, we wouldn’t even have a weekend! The movement has also won for all the following rights:

  • Banning of Child Labor 
  • Water and Lunch Breaks
  • Family and Medical Leave 
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days 
  • Workplace Safety 
  • Right to Strike

As we start the Fall, we pause and reflect on what it has taken to win these rights, and what steps we must take to keep them and expand them. Isaiah of Jerusalem, after the Babylonian exile, when the prospect of rebuilding the Judahite society was on the horizon, envisioned a new Earth, wherein labor will be born in love and benefit the laborers themselves, the workers and not just the consumers: 

They will build houses and dwell in them;

    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

No longer will they build houses and others live in them,

    or plant and others eat.

They will not labor in vain,

    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune. (Isa. 67:21-22a; 23a)

The work of Eden Church in part is birthed from Isaiah’s vision of a new earth, one in which equity and peace reign, where labor is not in vain. This Fall there will be many opportunities to continue building with one another this beloved community, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Download our new tool for connectivity, Church Center from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and let’s continue this labor of love toward new Earth, building something where all, free from exploit, are welcome to share in God’s economy of abundance!

In Solidarity, 

Pastor Marvin