“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

(Matthew 11:28)

Labor Day is upon us. This day signals the fact many schools are in session. Summer is over. Labor Day was established to provide an extra day of rest for the working masses. Through the years, the meaning of this special day has faded. Life goes on. People pay little attention to the real meaning of anything.

All too many feel they can live with or without God’s Word. After all, “It does not matter much.” Then we are left in a state of despair. Hopelessness. We look around at our nation and wonder, “What next?” Sadly, this indifferent attitude has filtered into the hearts and lives of Christians.

All of us need to refocus on that one thing needful: Christ our Savior. He invites us to come near to him. Jesus promises to provide rest. We discover divine rest when we are intimately united with Christ. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). This is rest for our souls. Our sins are forgiven. Heaven is our home. Our Lord Jesus is gentle and humble in the midst of our harsh and proud world. What blessings we enjoy.

The burdens of this world can weigh heavily upon our hearts. The constant noise of the media makes us aware of disasters everywhere. It almost seems as if there is nothing good at all left in this world. But that is not the case at all. Our loving Lord calls and calls “Come to me!” We need to rest from our labors. We need to have the calming salve of the Lord’s forgiveness. The Lord God Almighty provides us with all this and more. Freely the Lord calls. Freely the Lord provides. Daily we have rest. This is God’s promise: “I will give you rest.”

As you celebrate Labor Day, remember your true rest in the Lord on the Lord’s day.

Gracious and loving heavenly Father, provide comfort for those who are facing the ravages of flooding. Protect all those traveling to help those in desperate need. Please help all those who are suffering and struggling. Give them rest from their labors from your throne of grace. All to your glory — we praise your holy name. Amen.

Pastor Timm O. Meyer is at Living Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hays.