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Be thankful for employment and pray for unemployed

To the Editor:
On Labor Day we think about the importance of work. The Bible tells us to do all things including work for the glory of God. A philosopher said, “work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, crime and poverty.” Physical work can also keep us from the evil of obesity. The Bible requires everyone to work hard and calls laziness evil and foolish. 
The Bible says, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” One reason the Bible gives for working is “in order that he may have something to give to those in need.” The Bible priority is to help your family and church first. (Gal. 6:10) It’s more important than ever to be employed and stock up on food and water because experts say they believe prices will skyrocket and there will be food shortages by winter. The Bible tells us soon the price of enough bread for one person will cost a day’s wage. In the future non-perishable food in your house will be worth more than any amount of money in your bank. 
Only Christians have eternal rest and can rest in peace when they die because they are resting in the finished work of Jesus on the cross to bring them salvation and heaven. Jesus is our rest. There’s a day coming soon for Christian believers in which their work and race of this life will end. No more running, no more labor. That day is the bright hope for Christians, the day Jesus returns in the air to rapture Christians to heaven. That day will be like no other in the past or future. Because the Bible is true, that promised day is an absolute certainty. Don’t miss it for the world! 
If you have health and strength to work and are employed you should thank God. We should pray for our unemployed because they can become depressed and get in debt. Because of COVID 19 we had record unemployment this summer. Because of COVID 19 the national debt is now a record 26 trillion dollars ($26,000,000,000,000) and growing. Our sin debt also keeps growing. 
This Labor Day, thank God for allowing us to work and thank Jesus most of all for His finished work on the cross and resurrection, which is the “good news” and the only way to pay our sin debt and have eternal life. Amid the bad news of higher unemployment and rising national debt, the “good news” is the “good news”!
Warning! God offers eternal life through His son Jesus only while you are alive. Our lives can be ended quickly and unexpectedly. “Seek the Lord (Jesus) while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.” God’s labor is the only work that will last. “Except the Lord (Jesus) build the house they labor in vain that build it.” (Psalm 127:1) Thankfully, God is still actively working and is very much in complete control. Elections come and go. Presidents and Supreme Courts come and go, but God alone is supreme on earth as in heaven, now and forever!
D.D. Nave
Elizabethton