For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. (In Singapore, Labor Day falls on May 1.) But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894. The day is usually marked by parades to exhibit to the public “the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” (United States Department of Labor: The History of Labor Day) and speeches by prominent men and women. But is this how Labor Day should be celebrated? I have my own thinking.
Labor Day should a time for all to remind themselves that they labor because they are under a curse: “in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life” (Gen 3:17). It is a time for us to cry out to God, as the Israelites did (and God acknowledged them), and pray for deliverance from toil.