"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

Summer - Social and Community Activities

Summer - Social and Community Activities

Hollis Miller talks about going to the movies in town with his dad.

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Summer wasn't all work and no play on 1920s farms. The warm months brought many social gatherings – neighbor helping neighbor with the harvest, visiting with friends at church ice cream socials, and trips to town. On Saturday nights, small towns were usually packed with people. Farm families went to town to sell eggs and cream and stayed to visit with friends, or go to an outdoor band concert or a movie. Some children who lived in town could afford roller skating and other sports and games. Children who lived in the country usually went horseback riding, built playhouses in the corncrib, or went swimming or fishing in a nearby creek.

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Chautauqua events drew huge crowds.

In the summer, towns hosted public entertainment events known as the Chautauqua. People came from miles around to the huge Chautauqua tent for lectures, plays, musical concerts and other cultural entertainment. Country and city folk enjoyed going to horse races in the summer, and everyone looked forward to July 4th fireworks.

Written by Claudia Reinhardt.

Do you like ice cream?

Learn how Norma Ehlers' family made it by hand.

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