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BY MIGUEL PETROSKY

September 7, 2020


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Union members march in Detroit in 2019
Today is Labor Day – a holiday in which we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of American workers past and present, as well as the activism of the Labor Movement and trade unions that fought for workers’ rights! Voice of America reminds us of the history.
Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.  You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you. – James 5:1-6
God cares about the worker. God cares about the laborer. God cares about excessive wealth inequality and oppression. These aren’t platitudes from Karl Marx or any socialist or communist in human history, but from the Bible.
 
From the Mosaic Law to the Prophets to the New Testament, God makes it clear throughout the scriptures that any injustice and oppression of the worker – unfair wages, the working conditions, and the indebtedness toward the wealthy – they all grieve God’s spirit.
 
Today, we celebrate the worker and all the rights the labor movement has fought for for over a hundred years in American history. However, there’s still work to be done. Women are still being paid seventy-three cents for every dollar a man receives, wages for workers across the country have not caught up with inflation over the past few decades, and now COVID-19 is keeping many essential workers on the front lines delivering much-needed goods and providing necessary labor, while still being exposed to the virus in ways many of us take for granted.
 
Let us celebrate today, yet continue the struggle for workers’ rights tomorrow and beyond.
Enjoy your holiday, holding gratitude to those who fought for maternity leave, paid vacation, and the minimum wage.
Holy God,
We thank you for the gift of work. We offer thanksgiving for the essential workers who are on the front lines during this pandemic, and we offer gratitude to our parents, uncles, aunts, legal guardians, or our extended family members who’ve provided diligently for us when we weren’t yet able to provide for ourselves. Help and be with those who are without a steady income during this recession. Protect our friends and family who might be essential workers, and grant us the fire to burn the injustices toward the laborer, the injustices that have grieved Your spirit throughout the sacred scriptures, and continue to grieve You today.
 
Your Son, Jesus, once said, “the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few,” and beseeched His disciples to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out the laborers. Grant us more of Your workers to help us reap the harvest of love, compassion, justice, and integrity during these days leading toward Election Day and beyond. Grant your workers the drive to continue when days are wearisome, and Sabbath rests when we need them. 
 
We ask all of this in Your holy name,
Amen.
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