"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fall - Social and Community Activities

Fall - Social and Community Activities

Photo of a gathering.
With the fall chill in the air and the days getting shorter, the pace of life on the farm quickened. For most farm families, fall began with the start of school, final crop harvest, and the ripening of apples. Children returned to school taller and stronger after a summer of working in the fields. There were a flurry of fall school activities – programs, sports, and school social events. Some older children often took their first steps toward leaving home by attending high school in town or working outside of the farm, earning money picking corn, for example. Farm families also enjoyed trips to town and activities related to fall harvest and marketing crops and livestock. In the late fall, relatives and neighbors helped each other butcher a hog or cow to provide meat through the winter and these events were as much about talking with neighbors and socializing as about the work at hand. After school, some farm children went fishing or hunting – bringing home deer or squirrels to put additional meat on the dinner table. Others picked fall garden vegetables such as pumpkins and squash or gathered nuts to be used for holiday candy.