Celebrating Our Stories – Hard Work and Learning

     Today is Labor Day, a national holiday set aside to honor the contribution of workers whose diligence made our nation prosperous.

     Even though the calendar doesn’t quite agree, Labor Day also seems to signify the end of summer. For some, school has already begun. For others, like our daughter and son-in-law, both teachers, and our 3rd– grade granddaughter and pre-school grandson, school begins shortly.

     The other day, I gave a whole mess of canning jars to a friend who has a huge garden. Each late summer and early autumn, my industrious friend and her helper husband fill the family pantry with canned fruits, veggies, soups and pickles. My days of canning have either waned or ceased, and I was delighted to know the jars—some passed down from my mother—will be put to good use.

     I hope you’re having a wonderful day with family and friends this long holiday weekend and that you will enjoy these photos and brief thoughts.

Ants seem to be rather insignificant creatures, and yet, the writer of Proverbs reminds us we can learn important lessons from God’s tiny conscientious creation.

Knowledge comes, but
Wisdom lingers.
~Alfred Tennyson

I’m a big proponent of getting as much knowledge as possible for as long as possible. One of my most fervent prayers, however, is that I will use knowledge wisely.

     It is so easy to focus on what is wrong in the world, our nation, community, church, job, school, family and even ourselves. Fault-finding robs joy. “Gratitude,” as Melodie Beattie, author of the excellent book, Co-Dependent No More, reminds us, “unlocks the fullness of life.”

     As we enjoy the tail-end of summertime, I pray each of us will find joy in whatever season of life we are; that we will commit to lifelong learning; that we will seek wisdom and that we will always practice gratitude…

Sue Reeve

 

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  1. I love Melodie Beattie. Got a big kick out of your canning story. I used to can/freeze LOTS. No more. I heard you are old when you usta. LOL. I usta do a lot of things that I don’t anymore.

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