"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

Winter

Winter

Photo of a waterwheel frozen over with ice.
Extreme cold weather has frozen this mill's waterwheel in place.
York County farm families in the 1920s faced Nebraska's harsh winter weather without a furnace or an indoor bathroom. Winter meant short hours of daylight, long winter nights, and illnesses for people and animals. Despite the weather, most children walked or rode horseback to school, where a wood burning stove heated the schoolroom. Cold and snow were not excuses to stay home from school. In the winter chores were more difficult. Animals had to be fed and watered every day, even when the snow was deep and water froze in the troughs. In the evening, families used kerosene lamps and a lucky few gathered around a battery-powered radio to listen to comedy programs. Sometimes they would get together with neighbors to share a meal and enjoy some music or games. Family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas were welcome breaks before the coldest winter months of January and February.

When children became ill, the doctor was often far away. People often died from the flu, pneumonia, diphtheria, or other diseases.

Norma Ehlers Photo"If someone had pneumonia or a cold, you put a poultice on them. It would be like a mustard plaster or something that would radiate heat… on their chest or steam in their head… No antibiotics…a lot of people died. My brother had diphtheria when he was a tiny child… I remember the high fevers. And we just would keep wringing out cloths and putting cook cloths on him to try to bring his fever down …A lot of towns had their own doctors…who would...come out to the places…for childbirth or for broken legs, but they just didn't have the technology or the medicines." -- Norma Ehlers Quicktime Logo (Quicktime required)