Labor Day is a time to reflect
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2022
On Monday, September 5, we will celebrate Labor Day to honor all Americans who labored to hopefully make this country a better place in which to live and, in doing so, promised a better life for their families.
The Webster’s dictionary defines labor as physical or mental work, toil, that which requires effort for its accomplishments. The same word is used to describe a woman who travails in childbirth – she labors to give life.
The settlers in the country labored long and hard with only one common goal – to give birth to a new, free nation. The early colonies fled England because they were not free. Because of this unity, their efforts were not in vain. They labored unselfishly and sacrificed to give birth to a new country. Today, we have benefited from their labor and enjoy what is now known as “these United States of America.” Their only motive was to be free and make life better for themselves and for the generation that would follow.
America has come a long way since these early years. Special interest groups and individuals have fought for their own personal agenda, with little or no regard for others.
Labor Day was a time to reflect on the motives the early settlers had as they worked together to give birth to this country.
The analogy is much like a mother giving birth. She so labors to see the fruit of her labor – a baby who, if cared for, loved, and nurtured properly, will mature into a productive, responsible person.
I think most people will agree that we have neglected this once great country that we were blessed with. We have taken for granted what was freely given to us. Selfishness, greed, and a desire for power have taken over our families, communities, government, and the workplace. It is a time to reflect on what our founding fathers had in mind when they came to America.
Let us decide to have a rebirth in America and to continue the dream that was birthed over 200 years ago, which is one unselfish nation, under a loving God, with conservative liberties and pure justice for all.
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