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Monday, September 1, 2014
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Listen to this
"A Tribute To A Laboring Man"
"Six days you shall labor and do all your work" (Exodus 20:9). "If
anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his
immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an
unbeliever" (1 Timothy 5:8).
As I prepare today's message I hear Brooksyne using what is
known as a labor-saving device; a very loud food processor in our
kitchen. She's pureeing green peppers to make juice for her jalapeno
jam. But much labor is still involved on her part and on the part
of many others as she makes her jams, pie fillings and salsa.
We rightly consider the grower but also those involved in transport,
warehousing and those who work hard in the food markets. There are many
others such as people who made the machinery to plant and harvest the
crop and people who make parts for that machinery.
Last week I drove through Lancaster city and saw a familiar sad sight.
Several young adult men just hanging out and shooting the breeze early
in the morning on the porch of their row house. Now of course I don't
know the full story. These men may have jobs at a different time but
unquestionably there are scores of people in America and a growing
segment who don't and won't work, relying on someone else's labors instead.
That same morning Brooksyne and I drove into a shop that makes machine parts and spoke to
Dave who had already been laboring several hours. He is a father with a
wife and several children who has a traditional (and Biblical) sensibility
that he needs to work to provide for his family. I thanked Dave for his hard work and personal responsibility.
of us in my generation were raised like that with a model of a hard
working dad. Of course Mom worked hard also! But as a male my model for
hard work, personal responsibility and providing for family came from
my dad. Today I want to remember him. He was a laboring man. During the
depression he had to quit school so he could help provide for his
family. He went off to service in World War 2 and married my Mom in
1944 followed by 4 baby boomers. My dad learned several trades in "the
school of hard knocks" and much of his life worked in heating and air
conditioning installation and service. Some of my great childhood memories were those of going to work with him.
Labor is a cooperative relationship we have with God. He provides but
we have a role in utilizing that provision. In the midst of your
activities today consider all that you will view or utilize where some
aspect of labor is involved. As you eat your
meal consider all whose labor made that possible.
When we work we are expressing obedience to God as we provide for our
family. We generally consider the fourth commandment in regard to the
Sabbath Day and rest but it also includes these words, "Six days you shall labor and do all your work" (Exodus 20:9). In a commandment primarily known for its teaching on the Sabbath, how vital to also hear the positive command to work.
Our second daily text is so needed in our age of increasing dependency on government and others. "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family…"
This was part of the social fabric in previous generations. Paul is not
giving a new teaching here but rather a reminder and reinforcement that
from Creation the foundational social unit has been the family. In
God's design the basic level of provision comes from this family unit.
Immediate family would have the sense of parents and children, while
relatives would be our extended family as we know it today. This is a
pattern we are moving farther and farther away from, surely to society's
Today who can you honor and thank for their hard work?
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
today we acknowledge Your command that we are to labor for six days and
rest on the Sabbath. In our labor we seek to be productive while also
providing for the needs of our family. We thank You for the giftings
You have given us to implement in our daily work, for the skills we are
able to hone as we labor in our work and for the knowledge You give us
to carry out our responsibilities. Today we ask Your blessinsg upon all who labor. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
Mom was an excellent homemaker who sewed all our clothing, canned
many shelves of food every summer that supplied our family of seven
with plenty of veggies, beans, pickles and jams. We didn't get them
from the produce market but grew them in our huge garden. My dad farmed
on the side but drew most of his income from being a truck driver and
butcher. For many years he drove for Armour Meats. Later, he drove
an Auto Convoy for about 25 years. What I liked about Daddy's job is
that we children, after we got our driver's license, went with him to
the Auto Convoy car lot and drove the brand spanking new Fords right up
to the Auto Convoy where we'd park them. Daddy then drove them onto the
convoy's ramps, climbed up on the big rig and tied down the vehicles in
preparation for his next trip. As I write about this memory I can
almost breathe in the new car smell of those vehicles we drove.
Though we never could afford a brand new car we at least got a peak of
the newest and latest on the market and got to test drive them without
having to deal with any car salesman or outstanding car payment.
Statue of Moses at Sight and Sound Theater foyer in Lancaster County PA
Friday evening we went to see "Moses" at the Sight and Sound Theater.
Like all shows at the theater we were not disapponted and appreciate
the efforts to bring the Bible to life using music and drama. We were
blessed by unused tickets from a bus group that had come up to see the
show from the Freindship Baptist Church in Raleigh North Carolina.
Roadside produce is abundantly available here in Lancaster Country PA
including these tomatoes at the Stolzfus mailbox for $1.00!
Red Canna Lilies with bronze leaves
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"We'll Work 'Til Jesus Comes" Video
Gaither Homecoming Singers While this song is probably primarily
referring to our work for the Lord I believe a good application is work
in general as well!
"Follow You" Video Leeland
"Legacy of Love" Video David Phelps
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