While I traveled I could not help but think about how extraordinary the work ethic of people must have been back then. In a time without all the machinery we currently have, how did great cathedrals get built? How long did sculptors spend on a piece? Where did the perfect slab of marble come from and how did it arrive at this spot?
Today we also labour long and hard, just differently. We still create works of beauty and use our talents to help society excel in different ways. Labour Day is meant to recognize those who have literally helped pave the way and to rest from labour and express our gratitude for the work that we have.
As the new year arises tomorrow, I am grateful for all that has been and all that will be. I have spent some time musing about how best to use my gifts this fall and how to find a balance of work and rest. This summer was a good change for me and an opportunity to explore new places but it was not much of a rest. I hope that I will learn the secret of balance some day. In the meantime, bring on the new year and give me all I need to serve You well, God. Help me to look for you in all things, at all times.