". . .for the laborer deserver to be paid." ~Luke 10:7
"All these rely on their hands,
and all are skilful in their own work.
Without them no city can be inhabited,
and wherever they live, they will not go hungry.
Yet they are not sought out for the council of the people," ~ Ecclesiasticus 38:31-32
Monday marks the 135th observation of Labor Day, which began as a city holiday in New York in 1882 and was fully recognized as a national holiday by 1894. Originally a holiday for celebrating laborers and those in trades, it is now most often celebrated as the last break of summer and a great occasion for sales before the school year begins! Where there were parades, now there are back to school sales. Yet, while many relax, we must also remember health care workers, first responders, public safety officers, transportation workers, retail, hospitality, and food works who will all work so that others their days. There's a certain irony that a day to honor the working class now sees many of the working class back at work.