By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
This year, a national holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada, Labor Day, coincides with the Jewish New Year at sunset. Translated as the Head of the Year, Rosh Hashanah is the first of the high holy days, a day of considering the year gone by, repenting for sin, and asking God for a good year ahead.
No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah.
Labor Day, a long-standing federal holiday, is set aside to recognize workers across our nation. It too was intended as a day of rest.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah calls the people to remember God.
I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you.
I have swept away your sins like a cloud,
I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
O, return to Me, for I have paid the price to set you free.
In the New Testament, Jesus calls those who are tired and work-worn:
Come to Me,
all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
I hear a consistent call in these verses penned thousands of years apart, yet both from the heart of God. He invites us, offering what we desperately need but cannot provide for ourselves.
What will our choice be during this holiday? Will we remember the God who paid the price to set us free, come at His call, and find rest in Him? Or will we keep striving, trying to do everything on our own?
We get to choose.
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