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The Gifts of Labor: The Laborer’s Gifts

On this day when we have heard the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he labored for the voting rights of his fellow Negros. He labored through his writings as we heard excerpts from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, speeches, marches, leading the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and working hard to liberate his black community from the bonds of segregation.

We celebrate gifts of labor today such as…..

Dry, clear, safe roads

Clean, pressed pants

Tasty, healthy, nourishing meals

Bright, alive, manicured tree farms

Sterile, diverse, practical surgical instruments

Intuitive, easy-to-use, functionary apps

Comfortable, good-looking shoes

Sparkling floors

Fragrant, visually appealing floral arrangements

Hot, aromatic, dripping, burgers

Warm, reliable, drivable automobiles

Easy to hold, smooth to the lips, mugs

Organized filing drawers

Neatly stacked, uniformly cut firewood

Fresh smelling, neat folded t-shirts, socks and underwear

Bins of freshly dug potatoes

Dazzling clear windows

Garbage collected and managed

Correctly tallied accounts

Bright, motivated students who make passing marks on tests

A cart-full of bagged groceries ready to go to your car

A clean band-aid applied over punctured skin after the shot was given

A satisfied customer

A comfortable chair or couch to relax in at the end of your day

Microwave technology that allows you to heat up your meal in seconds

A working toilet

A strong foundation

Running, clean, clear water accessed by an easily maneuvered faucet

Light at the flick of a switch

A happy dog after the squeak of a toy

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to Yahweh in heaven.

Black Lives Matter

Hispanics Lives Matter

Undocumented immigrants Lives Matter

GLBTQ lives Matter

Landscapers lives Matter

Ditch diggers lives matter

Birthday cake decorator’s lives Matter

Politician’s lives matter

Toilet bowl cleaner’s lives matter

Those who Bus Tables, their lives matter

Those who take your order at the Come Back Shack, their lives matter

The One who makes the pot of coffee at your house, their lives matter

Chinese factory worker’s lives matter

Framer’s lives matter

Lift operators’ lives matter

Service Technicians’ lives matter

Mechanics’ lives matter

Bakers’ lives matter

School teachers’ lives matter

Auditors’ lives matter

Nurses’ lives matter

Police lives matter

Pilot lives matter

Rescue personnel lives matter

Soldiers’ lives matter

Brick and Tile layer’s lives matter

Truck drivers’ lives matter

Who else would you add to this list?

Let us always remember the words of Jesus in his teachings as he sat together with the fishermen, the farmers, the potters, and the whole lot of people gathered together to hear a word of truth and life…….

You are the light of the world. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people….People, Notice the LIGHT! Notice the good deeds. Give honor and praise and appreciation to Yahweh in heaven.