For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Psalm 128:2
A weekend to remember, of funerals and American workers.
In the past year I have attended several funerals, all sharing something in common. They were celebrations of lives well-lived, and by the grace of God. The funerals could not be described as sad. You may not know any of them but I can imagine the words they heard when they entered Heaven. One lady that spent years on the Serengeti planes loving, serving and teaching. A man that served in India with us for years, missed here; missed there. Men that served our country with honor and patriotism, all people that quietly served everywhere they went. They served others more than themselves. Their funeral services glorified God; He made them what they were.
This past weekend I observed bits and pieces of two very sad funerals that bore no resemblances to the ones I attended. The memorials never once testified that the lives were lived well because of the Saviour that died for them. I saw none of this. It was ironic that two iconic souls entered eternity memorialized by shameful observances.
Glimpses of grace were unseen, if present. I saw little evidence of folks choosing to “rise above.” Have they never been taught? How do they feel on Monday? Can the speakers sense the utter disgust of a great many Americans that voted for our president? They did not shame him, or his family, but themselves. Lack of grace; disgrace, on full display.
Despite every attempt to keep Donald J. Trump from becoming president, the American people, and I suggest, the hand of God, put our president into the top position in the land, perhaps the world. Consider these verses, beginning with a New Testament verse:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: Romans 13:1
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: Daniel 2:21
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalm 75:6,7
These verses reflect just three instances that show God’s involvement in placing leaders.
When did it become respectable behavior to memorialize a soul that has left the earth, by expressing virulent speech across the airwaves? What I saw were people all dressed-up in their mourning clothes, but did not see mourning expressed in light of The Loving Creator, Who has given us all good things. He was not the theme of these funerals, nor were the deceased. Hatred and contempt seemed to rule the day. At least, this is the way millions of Americans and I will remember the memorials of this past weekend.
As offended Americans, we must endeavor not to allow disgust to prevent us from remembering that the penalty for all bad behavior has been paid for. The heartache, hurt and anger that causes this kind of display is real and has strength. It can be contagious. Today on Labor Day let us pray for the brokenhearted in our country. Let us pray for our broken country.
In celebration, then, we give thanks for this holiday. How nice that the weekend extends a day to honor American workers, of which we have record numbers, because of the policies of the president of the United States, and by extended mercies from above.
Without labor nothing prospers. Sophocles