Hi everyone, I am Terry Smith and I “work” at CBM.
When Heather and I lived in France, the month of August was the unofficial ‘mois de congé’ or vacation month. Factories shut down production, workers took the full 4 weeks off, and people flocked to the south of France using crowded highways in order to suntan on crowded beaches and wait for a table at crowded restaurants, just to flee the ‘stress of work’.Unlike the song by Ella Fitzgerald, I love Paris in the springtime, we loved Paris in August. You could park for free, be quickly served in a café. And not wait in long lines.All because the French loved to get away from work in August.
But today, and for the following 2 weeks, we are praying for work, or more specifically, for work, workers, and the workplace. As image-bearers of God, we, his creation, are made for work. In the very first chapter of Genesis, and before the Fall, we read thatGod blessed Adam and Eve and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” So today, we thank God for work, paid and unpaid, from the menial to the most meaningful, for the chance to be part of stewarding his creation.