As explained by the Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
For many this pandemic has taken away the reason to celebrate Labor Day. Jobless, we feel the devastating impact caused by COVID-19. Thinking that this column would fall on this day’s celebration, I thought to compile some words of comfort and affirmation to assist us in framing our emotions around more lasting undertakings.
“Dear Child of Mine” is a compilation of sacred texts that have been broadly adapted. It intends to comfort our hearts with God’s amazing love.
I hope the following words of encouragement will be comforting to you. Ready?
A personal note from God to you:
Dear Child of Mine,
Before the beginning of time, I knew you; and like a proud parent who carries a picture of their child in their wallet, I carried your image in my heart. As I whispered words of longing and desire, you came into existence.
I spoke your name into the heavens, and I smiled as its melody resounded off the walls of my heart. You are mine, and my love for you extends farther than the stars in the sky and deeper than any ocean. You are my pearl of great price, the one for whom I gave everything. I cradle you in the palm of my hand. I love you even in the face of your failures. Nothing you say or do can cause me to stop loving you.
My love for you was slain before the foundations of the world, and I have never regretted the sacrifice I made for you at Calvary. When I see every part of who you are, I marvel at the work of my hands.
You are beautiful, and I take pleasure in you – heart, mind, and body. You are my desire. When you turn your head in shame and despise what I have made, I still reach for you with gentle passion.
You are my beloved child, and I am your Heavenly Parent.
(Compiled and Broadly Adapted. 1 John 3:2; Isaiah 43:1; Matthew 13:46; Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 13:8; Psalm 194:4; Song of Solomon 7:10; 6:3)