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Minute Meditation

(Elder Florence M. Johnson)


     For most Americans, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the school year, but the original intentions were very different.  In the 1830s, laborers typically worked 70 hours per week.  A movement began to unify workers, reduce work hours, and honor the contributions workers make to the well-being of our country.  In 1884, Congress designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day, an annual holiday to rest from work.


     God gives us rest too, not once a year but all year long!  Jesus promises in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  It is a promise to all who are weary and tired, exhausted from burdens and even from grief.  Jesus explains in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me… and you will find rest for your souls.” 


     When we decide to believe in God, accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, and grow in Christian knowledge (through church, bible study, prayer and other God-centered activities) we find God's rest.  Rest that offers relief from trials and tribulations.  Rest that comforts and refreshes us.  Rest that gives us patience and calms our spirits.  Rest that extends far beyond a national holiday.  God's rest that is always available to us who love Him.


     Get to know God and enjoy His rest, today and every day.  Amen!

Minute Meditations are reflections to help us live our lives with excellence.

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