Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Prayer

Creating God,
You made the heavens and the earth and your work was Good
and we praise you.
May we continue your good work through our own labor -
helping to create your kingdom on earth as in heaven.
We pray on this Labor Day for all those who work.
Whether in the school, the factory, the mines, the armed services,
the business office, government or on the farm,
may all workers carry themselves with honor,
know the respect of their managers,
be kept safe from harm,
and be well paid for hard work
so that they might provide for their family and loved ones.

God help us not to pit workers of one nation against those of another nation
so that one must suffer if another thrives.
Rather help us to create work in concert so that workers of all nations
might mutually prosper with decent wages for decent work.

Today we also pray for those who are unemployed or underemployed.
May they not become discouraged;
may they continue to find ways to learn and grow in their time out of work.
Help us as a nation to continue to provide
for those who are suffering from unemployment
so that they do not lose hearth and home.
May those out of work experience tangible evidence of our support
and may meaningful work come quickly.
May all the labors of our lives benefit your creation
so that we might be co-creators of your world
filled with peace and enough for all. Amen

Paul Raushenbush


Jen Wojtowicz said...

What a beautiful, inclusive prayer! Thank you for sharing this!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Jen took the words right out of my mouth.