The Good and Not-so-Good About the Good-old-Days?

Some would say 1905, the year The Calling of Ella McFarland takes place, was the good-old-days.

Really?

Let’s consider …

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Automobiles. See that hand crank? One false move, and it could break a man’s arm.

 

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far cry from today’s simple turn of a key, flip of a switch, even a voice command.

 

 

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Child mortality. Children’s deaths occurred about 400 times more often in 1905 than today–a very good thing. 

 

 

 

Weddings. Weddings in the good-ol-days were often simple–and grim–affairs. 

 

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Today? The more exuberant, the better. I’ll take exuberant over grim anyway.

 

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The divorce rate. This unhappy statistic? About 5 times greater today than in the good-op-days Do we need to go back to simple and grim? 

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The number of divorces fell dramatically during the Great Depression. What does that tell us about the effect true hardship can have on marriages? 

 

 

old-letters-pen-ink-1082299_960_720iphone-410311__180Communication: Would you rather carry around pen and ink bottle as folks did in the good-old-days?

 

Or a tablet or smart phone? outhouse-510225_1280 

 

 

 

Public facilities. Would you rather be directed to an outhouse?

 

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Or a modern ladies’ or men’s room?

 

 

bread-608920_1280Foodstuffs. What would you think about baking your own bread … or have no bread at all?

And jam. Ever prepare the soil … plant the seed … tend the plants … harvest, clean, peel, slice and boil the fruit? 

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Creature Comforts. How about hand fans to replace air conditioning?

Ladies depended on hand fans in the good-ol’ days.

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Home appliances. Want to use clothes pins–rain or shine?  Neither would I.

So I’m thanking God I enjoy air conditioning, clothes dryers, sliced bread, and ladies’ rooms. And I’m singing a tune of gratitude that I’m not living in the days of my grandparents–the good-old-days

How ’bout you?

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)

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Nameless Is Its Name

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth …
Philippians 2:9-10

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Nameless School

Ever feel invisible? Pointless? Nameless?

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How Nameless was named

I have. So has a certain once-upon-a-time Texas community and school.

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Friends of Nameless School – What gracious hostesses

A few days ago I was privileged to attend the Open House of Nameless School, the original school house in the once-upon-a-time community of Nameless, on Nameless Road in NW Travis County, Texas.

A group of gracious ladies, Friends of Nameless School, who adopted the 1909 one-room school house, hosted an open house to introduce the public to the historical site. The most unusual label has, as you might imagine, a colorful story. The Texas historical marker above explains. 

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The school was in operation from 1909-1945.

When my husband I traveled to the site, we were relieved when we found the sign labeled Nameless Road  and then the school: Nameless.

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Old fashioned persuasion

The Friends of Nameless School wore names badges.  I scribbled my signature inside the book cover. The guests introduced themselves, and so did I–by using our names.  And folks all over the place called one another by name

Matter of fact, I chose Ella Jane for the heroine of The Calling of Ella McFarland to honor my maternal grandmother, Ella Jane. Because she left a name worthy of a great-great-granddaughter–my granddaughter, Ella Jane. 

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The original Ella Jane and one of her namesakes, Ella Jane McFarland. (The other namesake is my granddaughter.) 

Which reminds me that God doesn’t leave His children nameless. In fact, He values names. Adam and Eve and all their descendants have worn names, some chosen by God, others for the meaning behind them. God ordained a long list of names for Jesus, each of them chosen to convey his role and place in believers’ hearts. 

Thankfully, no one who has chosen kinship with the Lord Jesus Christ has to worry about namelessness. On the final day, we won’t be called Nameless; God’s name will be written across our foreheads. (Revelation 22:4). And the names of the saved will be written in the Book of Life. (Revelation 21:27)

Without Jesus I would be nameless. (Tweet That!) With Him I will have the Name Above All Names written on my forehead. And my name will be written in the Book of Life. 

Thank God!

When we feel overlooked or nameless, remind us of these truths, Lord. May anyone who has not yet named Your Name do so today. For Jesus’ sake

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