"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



Spring was a time of new life and preparation. There were newborn calves, lambs, pigs, and horses to care for. To prepare the soil in the spring, farmers burned the corn stalks left from last year's crop, spread manure on the fields as fertilizer, and plowed the soil. Dean Buller said when you plowed with the horses, you could plow about two and a half or three acres a day. Each farm usually had no more than 30 acres of corn.

Today, an average farmer in Nebraska will plant around 150 acres of corn, and the average is even higher in York County. The county had 800 farmers in the year 2000, and ag statistical services recorded around 200,000 acres of corn planted. That puts the average number of acres of corn per farm at 250 acres, a huge increase.

Spring was the time that all this corn and most other crops was (and still is) planted. Spring is also a time of unpredictable weather -- rain, hail, a late snowstorm, strong winds and even a tornado could make planting difficult. Hollis Miller remembers how his family would prepare to plant:

"In those days when they got ready to plant in the spring … they'd cut the cornstalks and then they'd … rake them into a row and set them afire …They had more fires in those days than they do now. And of course if they had a fire that got to your farmstead it was usually final because nobody could get to you fast enough to help you. So we had to be awfully, awfully careful … I can remember helping as a young kid, fight fires in the pastures." -- Hollis Miller Quicktime Logo (Quicktime required)