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On the occasion of this Labor Day Holiday, a celebration where the original meaning and intent gets often offered up in the smoke of barbecues something else comes to mind.
Labor can be characterized in a number of ways and one of these is the spiritual and physical labor we compute for ourselves, but done as well also by some in the service of others, during natural disasters and calamities like the Texas flooding in Houston where many folks gave freely of their time and labor to help those in need.
A few days after the Boston Terror Attack, I visited with John Harty at his farm in Barre, Massachusetts. So over taken with my visit with this incredible man that a post was written by me seen here.
Yet there is another type of labor in the service of others and the recent passing of John P. Harty Sr. of Massachusetts reminded me about the days we spend servicing ourselves and others. Could we do more? Yes, we can read this incredible story:
“Barre – John P. Harty, Sr., 92, was called home to Heaven on August 20, 2017 surrounded by his family and loved ones. John was born on the family farm in Barre, on June 7, 1925. From the womb he wore a veil, a sign of a prophet, which foreshadowed great things to come.
Mr. Harty was a simple, hardworking man, filled with stories. He left school at a young age and began his first job at fifteen years old, peddling ice. When he turned 17 years old, John was in a hunting accident just miles from his home. He dropped his shotgun, and the bullet took half of his left ear. For many years he was deaf, until he was healed at a service and regained his hearing.
In John’s early adult years, a passion for racing cars emerged. He and his brother Marty built their very own race car, a 34′ Ford coupe with the number 329. As John grew older he began peddling tools all over New England, and built his business through word of mouth. He was old fashioned, and that is exactly how he ran his family business, “John Harty Tools.”
In 1989, John received a loud firm message from God that instructed him to build a cross 200 ft long 25 ft wide, painted with The Ten Commandments in the middle of the field.
Followed by creating a message to all that could be seen from 1,000 feet in the air, God’s Wisdom, made with trees and crushed marble. Throughout the years many people have visited his home and he was able to share his love of Jesus and to reconnect people with The Ten Commandments. Weddings, baptisms, healings, and many more memorable events have taken place on the farm.
John was always thankful to everyone who donated their time and energy to The Cross. He was a faithful servant and pursued God’s will for his property. “Grandpa John” humbly lived a beautiful life and glorified God with every moment. John’s purpose was fulfilled, and is to be cherished by many more for generations to come.” (from the obituary published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, 2017)
Maybe this Labor Day is also a good day to reflect about us giving the necessary appreciation and credit in our daily life to those who labor with love in the service of others. Only in that way will humanity as a whole survive.
A thank you to the poet and muscian Renato Zero for publishing his wonderful music so we could post it here in John’s memory.