Come, Labor On

Today is Labor Day in the United States. It is also the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. On a day like today, we must remember that we are all one people, dependent upon each other’s labor. We mutually suffer when others make poor decisions. We can all thrive when we all strive for peace and safety. Success and safety takes sacrifices…if you want a beautifully landscaped yard, someone has to get hot and sweaty and make it happen. If we want a safe, sound, and peaceful society, it takes work. May we all remember that society can only exist by each of us contributing to a shared vision.

Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
“Go work today.”

Come, labor on.
The enemy is watching night and day,
to sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
while we in sleep our duty have forgot,
he slumbered not.

Come, labor on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here:
by feeblest agents may our God fulfill
his righteous will.

Come, labor on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share–
to young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.

Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun.
“Servants, well done.”

Words: Jane Bothwick (1859, 1863)
Tune: ORA LABORA (T. Tertius Noble, 1916)

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