Describes how the meaning of holidays has changed over time.
Dr. Jed Snyder, Pastor
September 7, 2020
The holiday we label Labor Day has lost most of its meaning. When it began in 1882, it was a day off from work for citizens of New York City, specifically the union laborers. Today US citizens often see political campaigns kick off on Labor Day. Most of the country does not appear to remember, or never knew, the real foundation of the day.
Actually, nearly all holidays have changed. Christmas was the mass of Christ. Hallowe’en was the night before “all souls day.” Saint Valentino would not recognize the Valentines’ Day that is currently celebrated.
We can be glad that one person has not changed. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
How we adapt to the inevitable changes will demonstrate a great deal about each of us. We can just “grin and bear it.” Or we can make something good of the opportunity that is in each change.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, one important thing you can do with change is to ask Him what He wants from the change. Some one made the wise observation “when a door closes, a window opens.”
An acquaintance of ours was recently involved in a thunderous auto accident. His wife and children are trying to make the best out of this monstrous change in their lives. Such change is best managed with the strength, courage and grace of Jesus Christ.
Labor Day has changed. Thanksgiving is now called “turkey day” by some. Will we find good ways of adapting to these changes. If so, it will likely happen because we seek our Lord’s direction in the changes. Even painful change can be good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those. Romans 8:28