LOVE & LABOR
Rev. Wilma Wake
LOVE & LABOR
Open your Bible
Turn, Turn, Turn
written by Pete Seeger
sung by The Byrds
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account. [a] ...
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
a.Ecclesiastes 3:15 Or God calls back the past
b.Ecclesiastes 3:19 Or spirit
c.Ecclesiastes 3:21 Or Who knows the spirit of man, which rises upward, or the spirit of the animal, which
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and the correspondence is not with the work itself but with
the use of each particular task (see above, §112); and everything has a correspondence
(§106). When we are engaged in an activity or a task in
heaven that does answer to its use, then we are in a state of life very much
like the one we were in in this world. This is because what is spiritual and
what is natural act as one by means of their correspondence, but with the
difference that [after death] we enjoy a deeper delight because we are engaged
in a spiritual life. This is a deeper life, and therefore more open to
Heaven & Hell #394 NCE
LOVE & LABOR
It is a perfect Labor Day Week-end in Maine. The sun is out, radiating a gentle warmth that beckons one to come and be in its overflowing joy.
My little dogs , Daisy and Coconut, have been romping happily in the sunshine. I gave them treats, and Daisy bounded off with irrepressible joy! She ran and ran around the yard, looking for just the right spot. When she found it, she furiously dug with front paws and nose until she had a good-sized hole. Then she droped the treat from her mouth into the hole, and covered it back up with dirt. Then, she ran back, looking up at me with her dirt-encrusted nose and shining eyes eager to do it again.
Daisy could do this all day. This is her greatest passion in life--to dig holes and bury treats.
Why? I remember a chat I had with Rev. Dorothea Harvey many years ago, when she came to visit me in NH. She and I sat in the sun out back, watching Daisy run around digging holes.
Dorothea always seemed filled with deep wisdom, so I asked her: “Dorothea, why do dogs dig?” She said, “because they can.” I smiled. She added: “And it brings them great joy.”
I ask myself how often I’m doing something in life that brings me great joy. How often do you complete a task with your eyes glowing, and filled with energy to do it again?
Most of us feel a clear distinction between our hours of labor, and our times for fun. But Swedenborg doesn't think they need to be divided.
Psychologist Wilson Van Dusen says all of our moments can be like this:
We have two shoe repairmen, both making a living at their trade. One has as his aim the making the most money. He cuts corners on materials and workmanship. He has to grind out as many repairs as possible. The 2nd also is concerned with profit, but he enjoys meeting customers, talking of shoe problems, and he enjoys his craft. The aim of the first is his profit above the customer’s welfare. The aim of the 2nd is profit through the customer’s welfare. This is the difference between hell and heaven. [Uses: A Way of Personal & Spiritual Growth}
And just what happens in Heaven? What does one do there?
Lord’s kingdom is a kingdom of uses. ...
There is a dominant love that remains with each of us after death and
never changes to eternity.
Heaven & Hell, #239
In the tapestry of your life, when do you have those special moments of fully expressing who you are, and being with God?
What is your deepest love? How often are you able to engage in the activities that express it? How can you find more time in your life to do the things that you love?
What can you do to bring more of those moments into the labors of your life?
Do those things which bring great joy. And bring joy into all that you do.
Let us pray.
You create us and our world. Help us to give thanks for all the work being done in our world; esp. for those humble tasks that often are ignored, but are part of the uses that run our world. Please be with those with seek work, but have none. Be with those who labor in work that is unpleasant in order to support themselves and their family. Guide us to see the uses and deep loves in our lives. Help us find ways to ensure that every moment is a use, and every use brings pleasure.
"Weave Me the Sunshine"
Peter, Paul, Mary
Go forth; knowing that every moment can bring both uses and joy.