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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

 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Thoughts on Labor Day 2018

     Today, September 3, 2018, the first Monday of September, is a national holiday set aside to honor men and women who work hard and keep our nation running.

     The past couple weeks my blog posts have focused on the topic of respect, a value that is critical to me. Thoughts about what respect involves were ignited when Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, died, and one of her signature hits, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, was played repeatedly.

     The other evening, my husband and I took an early evening walk along Coeur d’Alene Lake. While strolling through Mc Euen Park on our way back to the car, we stopped at a beautiful memorial which honors a local police officer who was killed in the line of duty. I imagine you won’t be surprised when I tell you the word RESPECT, etched on a large stone in front of a lighted water fall at the memorial, grabbed my attention.

     The sentiment etched above the word RESPECT, seems fitting for today:

As long as there are men and women among us who are
willing to put their lives at risk for our freedom and safety,
there is indeed great hope for the future of the nation and our world.
     I’d like to express the deep respect I have for those men and women who go to work, and in doing so, literally lay their lives on the line daily.

     I’d like also to voice my respect for those willing to get out of bed day after day, year after year, making their way to factories, stores, restaurants, offices, hospitals and schools. Your willingness to labor faithfully makes our families and communities better!

Thank you, and may you feel blessed on this day honoring you!

Sue Reeve

Labor Day Thoughts…

     Today is Labor Day, a National holiday birthed by the labor movement, and designed to celebrate the contribution of U. S. workers. It’s also the last official holiday of summer, a day off for many, and the prelude to a new school year.

     I enjoy working. In fact, I manage labor better than I manage leisure. I become bored easily if activity doesn’t feel productive and meaningful. Also, I have a minimally competitive nature so participating in games and sports feels like a waste of time—even though I don’t believe that’s true. Actually, I admire my friends who are motivated to compete, and I’ve often wished I were more like them.

     On this Labor Day holiday, I want to celebrate the value of work with a couple thoughts. I can’t imagine a more ideal spot from which to ponder than this first photo.

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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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     I have some special friends who are stay-at-home moms. They chauffer kids to school, do endless loads of laundry, fix countless PB&J sandwiches, and seem to never have a moment to themselves! The never-ending, usually thankless responsibilities of taking care of young families are exhausting. But, the rewards are eternal!

     I hope this picture of the osprey tending their young and the Apostle Paul’s words to his friends in Colosse will lighten your load for a moment.

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

As you enjoy this holiday with family and friends, I’d like to leave you with one final thought from the Apostle Paul, which is one of my favorite Bible verses:

For we are his [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (MEV)

     Blessings on whatever work God has designed for you to do…

Sue Reeve

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