Pastor's Corner: Rest and forgive on Labor Day


Last updated 9/2/2022 at 11:30am

When a holiday is approaching, It is often easy for pastors and other religious leaders to bemoan the appropriation and secularization of that given holiday. Most holidays have spiritual or religious origins or bases. Labor Day, however, is not one of those holidays. It was established to celebrate the hard work and societal contributions made by the working class in the United States.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 and was made a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland in June of 1894, setting aside the first Monday in September for that purpose. Although it is purely a...

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