"HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!"
To me it seems odd…that the holiday all about rest from labor, isn't titled more aptly "Rest Day" or "Day -Off Day." Instead we call it "LABOR" Day--as in "WORK Day"--the exact opposite of a day off! And then we have the audacity, to include "Happy" as a preface to "Labor"…which, if it was all that terrific…we wouldn't need a day off, in my book!
Oh the limitations of spoken language. No wonder we never hear anyone remark in sci-fi films, "Now those Aliens from Mars…I'm telling ya, they talked my ear off!" Advanced beings are usually depicted as being characteristically silent. "Thought transference", does seem a much more efficient and far less error prone way to commuicate. No wonder, why God often communicates with us, in that way.
Bereaved parents labor extensively before, during and after our child's earthly arrival and departure from this planet. (And with 3 "Super-Size Me" babies... I definitely"labored"!) Later on, I labored-- when I should have rested. Productivity is far overrated! Oh those woulda' coulda shoulda's…a deadly trio, if ever there was one.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."
(NIV Matt. 6.19-20)
I now read that verse, thinking of my children as being the treasures referred to. While earthbound, they were beyond my control, to keep them from being snatched away. Now in Heaven, my treasure is tightly held onto, by our Creator's "power-full" Hand.
"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand."
Now that my children have been born into Heaven, I have a whole new way of interpreting this passage:
"A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world".
I had great pain-excruciating pain-when my children were being born…into Heaven. I think it is because it took awhile, for me to accept that they were actually…"born"…again. It was a time of intense labor for me, working through all the constricting issues, while they were stretching further and further away from my tethering cord. With acceptance-- that they are intact, alive and safe and in a wonderful new "real" world, it's as if all three of us have been reborn. God's generosity cannot be measured…all things are new and fresh, and restful…starting when He holds us in His arms, at the very moment we transition into the real world…His world.
I've been told, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
I think it's really more accurate to state, "The Lord giveth... and the Lord will share again…" Also known as, "Heavenly Reunion" :-)
HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!
(BIble verses cited, from BibleHub.com)