I only work part time, but there are days when I'm headed out to my job that this song becomes my anthem.
I know that I should feel blessed to have a job, but I feel more blessed that my husband has one and has been at the same job for close to forty years!
Work should be a blessing, but it's hard when you dislike your job, your boss or your co-workers or (Lord help us!) all three!
This month's Magnificat did an article called "Blessings of the Month." Today's scripture reflection on work is:
So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. Do everything without grumbling or questioning. - Philippians 2:12:24
This is how I try to be at work. If I'm asked to do something, I do it "without grumbling or questioning." Boss is happy, fellow employees are happy which ultimately makes me happy, but work still has it's challenges.
Now that the Chicago teachers are back to school I'll give them and those reading this the Prayer After Work:
Most merciful Father, thank you for this day of work with all its achievements as well as its burdens. Thank you for all the successes, the challenges, and even the difficulties that it brought me. You Son once said to his Apostles, "Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little." Thank you for this gift of rest. May this time be a chance for me to renew my gratitude for all you blessings. In your great compassion and generosity, please be mindful of those who are out of work. And help me to do a better job tomorrow. I ask this through Christ our Lord. - Composed by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.