Monday September 5, 2022 marks the 135th celebration of Labor Day as it was first introduced into the New York State legislature on February 21, 1887.
So much has happened in the ensuing years, but nothing can take away the importance of such a spectacular feat: From 1887 to 1894, an astonishing 29 other states, plus the District of Columbia had passed laws setting aside the first Monday in September as a day of recognition for the contributions of American workers. It took 7 years + to complete, but the legislators involved were resolute in their determination to come together.
Miracles do indeed, happen when collaboration and the good of the whole join forces to create a coalition of right resolve. And it certainly did.
Of course, the faces of our American workers have changed in the past 135 years, but the spirits of their individual contributions have not. As proud Americans, no matter what our cultural heritage might be, or the color of our skin, or the slant of our eyes, we have always been superior workers. I have always been proud to be an American, and I continue to honor that extraordinary combination of idealism, ingenuity and sheer grit that, when combined, equal the quintessential “American Success Story”.
My on-going prayer is that our wonderful Country is able to once again become a “Beacon of Light and Hope” for the World. Operating from its original principles of fairness, openness, courage, honesty and “fair play”.
May we as Ministers to all of mankind, endeavor to be the points of clear and radiant Light for all who might cross our paths, whether in the work place or elsewhere.
Wherever you are, and no matter what your day job might be, please enjoy a well-deserved day off! And as you’re enjoying the last bits of summer warmth, look around at all of the American made goods and products that fill your home, and be grateful. Be grateful in all ways.
To our wonderful body of Universal Brotherhood Ministers, each one of you “sparkling lights of goodness and hope”, who hail from all walks of life and countless countries of origin, thank you for contributing to this brilliant tapestry that is UB. We are all meant to “work” in this life as a means of self-expression, exploring our many skills and talents. Ultimately, as we grow and prosper, we have the opportunity to act as an example to others. May the original goals of Labor Day be a true honoring of one another and our incredible American work force, which does indeed, support us all quite well every day.
From our Founders, Rick and Jeni Prigmore, our Executive Director, Robin Morini, and the Corporate Board of Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc., may you have an enjoyable, love-filled and healthy Labor Day Holiday in the company of great people. Please know that you are appreciated so much, every day of each and every year. May God Bless and keep you, always.
Blessings to you and to all those you hold dear,
Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc.