Last Will Be First

It’s Labor Day Weekend.  Do you think of it as the last summer weekend?  The final hurrah?  We get this long weekend because of the annual national tribute to the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Sometimes we think it’s a day off we’ve earned because of our hard word – but perhaps it’s a day to remember those workers who do the things we would rather not.

As Jesus followers, we are called to think differently; to remain humble and grateful.  What would Jesus think about the fast food workers on strike?  Jesus measures things a little differently than our culture does.  He calls us to remember the last shall be first, the first will be last.

Biographies of the Least
By John van de Laar

Our world overflows with stories, Jesus,
so many lives,
so many ways of being human.
So why are we satisfied with so few?
Why do we keep telling the same stories over and over,
of the wealthy and powerful and beautiful?

Why do we so carelessly pass by the rich and unpredictable stories
of the unseen
who in a million magical ways,
make a life out of nothing?

God, forgive our narrow interests,
and our lazy entertainments;
Make us biographers of the least,
who listen to the untold stories of the shadow people,
and bring them into the light.

Give us the curiosity and the restlessness
to search out the forgotten,
the neglected,
the unwanted,
the discarded,
and the worn out,
to learn their legends,
and to acknowledge their place
in the epic story of humanity.

I hope your weekend plans include joining us for worship at 9 or 10:30 am as we gather to thank and praise God and consider how our lives and our world might be changed through Jesus’ words.

We’ll be looking for you.  God bless you,


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