Our daily work is an opportunity for both creation and renewal. From the beginning God intended us to be co-creators of his universe. More accurately, we are cooperators and rearrangers without whom the world will not come to its fullness. Our work, therefore, is sacred. Whether we are engaged in making a government or a kitchen table we are making God's world.
Jesus was content to be a carpenter for most of his life. He did not think he was wasting his time. He wasn't merely earning a living for himself and his mother. Jesus appreciated the dignity of honest work and his Father's intention in creating a universe in which there would be carpenters to finish the task.
Some work is repair of the damage done by sin and folly. The ancient wisdom of monks recognized that labor has a healing effect on the human spirit. It is a down-to-earth way to liberate our souls for conversation with God.
I pray, Lord, that as a carpenter's foster-son, who was himself a carpenter, you may show me how to work in the same spirit in which you labored. Help me to build up and repair your Father's world.