Resting From Our Labors
Governments never get everything right as we’ve seen this year (and this week!). But one thing I believe our government has gotten right is Labor Day. Work is a noble and necessary part of being made in God’s image. Work was “easier” and more enjoyable before Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden. Work in a fallen world is still a good thing until it becomes an idol. God wove rest into the cycle of creation, and it was good. Therefore, we need to enjoy the breaks given to us to rest and worship. The Getty’s and company have a song about this theme. It can be a good prayer when you first wake up in the morning; when the right words escape you. Notice how the first two verses are individual and then how it closes in the last verse with ‘we’.
Before You I kneel, my Master and Maker,
To offer the work of my hands.
For this is the day You’ve given Your servant;
I will rejoice and be glad
For the strength I have to live and breathe,
For each skill Your grace has given me,
For the needs and opportunities
That will glorify Your great name.
Before You I kneel and ask for Your goodness
To cover the work of my hands.
For patience and peace to shape all my labor,
Your grace for thorns in my path.
Flow within me like a living stream,
Wear away the stones of pride and greed
‘Til Your ways are dwelling deep in me
And a harvest of life is grown.
Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker;
Establish the work of our hands.
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom
In every small and great task.
May we live the gospel of Your grace,
Serve Your purpose in our fleeting days,
Then our lives will bring eternal praise
And all glory to Your great name.
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Jeff Taylor, and Stuart Townend; © 2012 Gettymusic and Seek 1st Publishing (adm. by MusicServices.org) and Townend Music (adm. UK & Europe by Thankyou Music)