From the corner of Hillside and Crescent
As Labor Day weekend draws near with all the excitement that is characteristic of Greenbelt, I have been thinking about the story of workers in our country. Some of those reflections will be shared in the sermon on September 4.
In Psalm 137:13-14 we read “for it was You who created in my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been beautifully and wonderfully made.” So often the men, women, and yes, children get little or no credit for the labor they give, for their worth as persons.
This Labor Day, I encourage you to take some paper (you’ll need paper that allows some writing). Between now and our Greenbelt Parade and celebration on Monday, make a list of occupations (you might have names to add beside some of these jobs) that work in the invisible space of our country. I’ll begin here………
- Those who empty the bedpans in the nursing homes and hospitals
- Those who pick lettuce in the hot fields
- The rookie, lowest-ranking people in our military and police
- Those who drive the school buses
- Those who collect our trash
- Those who deliver our mail, even in really bad weather
- Those who clean the office spaces
- Those who work monotonous jobs in industry
Keep that list going. And then, over the weekend, read it as a litany with the words “I will praise you for these workers are beautifully and wonderfully made.”