The Ultimate Labor Day

Patriotic construction worker standing in front of an American flag.  Photographed in front of flag, not composite image.

“In our nation, we work all year to rest on one day – but Christ worked on that Day long ago so our souls could have rest always.” – Preston Parrish, CEO of Corporate Chaplains of America

Each year on the first Monday of September, Americans observe Labor Day. Seen by many as the unofficial “end of summer,” the day is often devoted to cookouts, sporting events, and bargain shopping. But as one writer noted, “Few recall the bloodstained origins of this holiday as we fire up the grill, throw on the burgers and turn on a ballgame.”

Labor Day actually became a federal holiday in 1894 under President Grover Cleveland, after worker strikes against railroad companies resulted in rioting and deaths. It was intended to honor American workers’ sacrifices and achievements. For those who worked so hard all year, it represented at least one day in the year when they could officially rest. (However, in today’s world of 24/7 commerce, many people still have to report to their jobs.)

At Corporate Chaplains of America, we have the privilege of serving among hundreds of thousands of employees and their families, offering them care and hope in Christ’s Name. (Contact us if we can help your company.) We salute all who diligently labor to provide for themselves and others, and to contribute the goods and services we all need.

At the same time, we want everyone to experience the rest that lasts not just for a day, but for eternity. This is because, when Christ bled and died on the cross for our sins, He made it possible for whoever trusts in Him to have enduring peace and joy in their heart and soul.

“Come to me,” He declared, “all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬)

In our nation many work all year to rest on Labor Day – but on the cross, Christ finished the work of salvation for us so our souls could have rest always by trusting in Him. In a sense, that makes the day He died for us the ultimate Labor Day!

This year, as our American holiday once again rolls around, by all means enjoy the day with your family and friends. Fire up the grill and have fun. As you do, though, make sure you don’t miss out on the rest that only He can give – the rest that refreshes not only our bodies but also our souls, and that lasts forever.

(To find out how to experience this rest now, click here.)

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