We think of Labor Day as the end of summer in the United States and a day for picnics and family gatherings. It is all that and more. It is also a celebration of the values we treasure as a nation, first and foremost, the value of having the opportunity of working to earn a living so that we can provide for our families and for ourselves.
As we celebrated Labor Day 2016, let us be grateful for our employment and let us pray for the many who right now are unemployed in our country. If we are an employer, perhaps we can think of those who work for us and show gratitude. If we are fortunately employed, perhaps we can give our best to the work we are contracted to do.
There is no easy solution to the fact that so many are jobless as I write this. There is no easy fix. Let us not take Labor Day for granted.