Hymn for Labor Day (Thurlow Weed)
- Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2013-07-19). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 24 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This hymn may be freely copied and shared.
First published: 2013
Original text and translations
All our work and all our being
come from you, most gracious Lord.
Ev'ry task which lies before us
is Creator's will outpoured.
Help us as we build your kingdom
know we labor not in vain;
give us sure and deep conviction
for the tasks that you ordain.
Some may nurture those who hunger,
tend and heal the broken heart;
set our flagging spirits dancing,
spark our vision through their art.
Others teach and offer counsel,
bear life's burdens, ease its care;
strive for justice, peace, and freedom
for all people ev'rywhere.
Let us labor in the knowledge
that no task can be too small;
that the God who stretched the heavens
no less shaped the least of all.
Give us strength, Lord, to accomplish
what you set our hands to do,
that by serving those around us,
we return the gift to you.