Life and Work

Take courage, all you people of the land, says the Lord; work, for I am with you,
 Haggai 2:4 
We believe very strongly that we have been saved by grace through faith—and even faith is God's gift to us. So we shy away from language that implies that work plays any rôle in God's love for us. But that doesn't mean that work plays no rôle in our life or our spirituality. The work of building, the work of restoration, the work of unification, of peacemaking—these don't earn us God's love, but they do give us fulfillment and they create community. 

People of faith should advocate for workers and the unemployed. We should do what we can that all people find fruitful employment, and we should treat all labor with equal dignity. The construction worker, the farm worker, the hedge fund manager, the fast food employee, the doctor, the lawyer, the pastor, the teacher—all are needed, all are beloved of God, and all of us are God’s servants, working together.
 1 Corinthians 3:9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
God, give me work till my life shall end, and life till my work is done.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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