Daniel Fachting

In our thinking of human activities, we tend to separate them into separate categories by time. There is a time for prayer, a time for study, a time to work, a time to relax, a time to sleep, a time for worship. It seems that we separate some activities as sacred and some as not sacred.

We tend to think of prayer, sacraments, the works of mercy, and other “church” activities as sacred and holy, while going to work is seen as less than sacred and therefore somehow less valuable. We view work as something that has to be done to survive. Many of us just don’t like it. 

I would contend that work is holy and sacred, whether you are the CEO of a company, or the custodian, a professor or a laborer, a Bishop or lay person. The work each does is sacred and holy and not to be discounted. I appreciate and am grateful for the clergy, but I am also grateful for the garbage truck driver who picks up my garbage and the mechanic who repairs my car.  

Who doesn’t appreciate their barber or hairdresser? We usually don’t even think of doctors and nurses and first responders, until we need them. Yet all work is holy, when done in the spirit of service and giving.

The Bible says that we are created in God’s image and likeness. In our Creed we describe God as “the Creator of heaven and earth.” God makes things. Do we not “make” things when we go to work? In this sense are we not like God who is the master creator. When we work, no matter how menial or grand our job, are we not expressions of the divine nature that God has given us to be co-creators with him, like him?

Work is necessary. How else are we to survive? I believe that each of us is given a talent or a job that only we can do. Each of us, created in God’s image, has a work to do that no one else can do as well. We are co-creators with God in the work we do and that makes our work sacred.  

It is very proper and appropriate to say that when we go to work, we go to participate in the very divinity of God. God’s work of creation is being done through me and you. In this way work is prayer. Work is creating. Work is study. We become divine, become holy, more like God, through our work.  Work is part of our sacred path to holiness.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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