Christian Short Stories

The Lord Attends and Blesses Labor Day Celebration
By Greg Miller

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The Labor Day weekend arrived and departed with much fanfare in every community, including massive metropolises and tiny towns.

Hot dogs and hamburgers sizzled on the grill. Fresh ice-cold lettuce, tomatoes and onions provided a colorful addition to picnic tables everywhere.

Many families, small and large, took advantage of summer’s final official three-day weekend to assemble for food, fun and festivities. Freda and her husband Felix invited their next door neighbors, Fawn and Frank, over for a holiday celebration.

Felix and Frank manned the grill, while Fawn and Freda relaxed on the front porch swing. A breeze began blowing, and clouds began appearing in the heavens. For about an hour clouds filled the skies, then for about 30 minutes a steady rain fell on the parched community.

The clouds then slowly disappeared. “Okay, ladies, the burgers and hot dogs are melt-in-your-mouth ready,” said Felix.

“Well, the potato salad, sliced tomatoes and onions have been ready since last night,” said Freda. “So it looks like we’re ready to eat.”

Felix said he thought everyone should say a prayer of thanks before they began eating their holiday feast.

Frank was the first to pray. “Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of life. And thank you for this wonderful meal.”

Fawn prayed, “Thank you, Father, that Frank is a dedicated husband. And thank you for our two beautiful daughters, Frances and Faith.”

“Thank you for all your blessings, Lord,” Felix prayed. “And thank you for my gorgeous wife Freda. Finally, thanks for our two handsome sons, Felix, Jr. and Francis.”

Freda had listened reverently while her husband and their guests prayed. She realized her turn to pray had arrived.

“Lord, thank you for my terrific family,” she prayed. “Thank you most of all for the love you showed by sending your son Jesus into the world to die on Calvary’s cross for our sins. Thank you for continuing to forgive our sins every day. I also pray that you will bless this food to nourish our bodies and continue to bless us for your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

The Lord’s presence hovered over His children as they prayed. The Sovereign Lord spoke clearly and in an authoritative, audible voice.

“Thank you for acknowledging me in your holiday celebration,” the Lord said. “Many times, my people celebrate Christmas as the time I sent Jesus into the world as a little baby, but they ignore me on many other holidays. It makes me very happy when my children ask me to participate in and bless a holiday celebration. And because you have chosen to include me, what a celebration it’s going to be!”

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