Here is a Labor Day Prayer that can be used to thank God for those who labor and to ask His blessings on them when we celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. on the first Monday of September. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor:
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Labor Day Prayer
Dear Father and creator of us all – the one who gives us strength to work, minds to envision and hearts to persevere – thank you for creating us with the ability to do tasks, create products and contribute ideas that benefit the world. We remember in grateful prayer today all those who labor diligently in our factories, in our restaurants, in our maintenance industries, in transportation, in communications, in agriculture, in construction, in mining, in our nursing homes and hospitals, in law enforcement, in childcare and in our retail industry. Thank you that they provide so many necessary services that keep our lives and our country working like clockwork.
We pray the blessing of Ecclesiastes upon each worker, “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:13 NIV) Keep our workers healthy, safe and strong. May the work of their hands provide the means they need to care for themselves and their families. Grant them work environments that allow them to do their jobs in safety, where they are respected and valued by their superiors and where they are rewarded by a sense of accomplishment.
Help all of us to treat them as we would want to be treated. Let us never overlook them or to underestimate their value. Open our eyes to their labors on the behalf of our world and help us to voice our thanks to them for tirelessly doing their allotted jobs. May we learn your grace from their example of faithfulness in every task of every size to which we put our hands to doing.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who labored as a carpenter, Amen.
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