Country Echoes

| July/August 1976

Somehow today is a day filled with many memories for me. A much-loved pastor, his wife, and two small girls are leaving for another church. They have been with us for four years, each year rich with blessings, and the parting is a difficult one. Now the road ahead is an uncertain trail, and we surely need God's help more than ever before.

It set my Mr. B. and myself to reminiscing on the different men of God who have influenced our lives since childhood. And there are other good people who have been a blessing to us also through the years. What a great thing it is to be an influence for good in this world. Anything which is wholesome has merit, and this goes for well-run steam engine shows as well. What good clean fun it is to see all the big engines purring along a dirt track, sawing logs, threshing grain. The models which someone has busily worked at are always so interesting.

Just this week I was shocked to read a letter from a twelve year old girl in the T.V. section of our local newspaper. She asked the question, 'Why do you have such dirty shows on your network?' And then she added, 'They surely aren't good for the younger children.' The answer she got was evasive and tiresome. A twelve year old girl asked a question most older folks should have asked long ago. Shame on us!

Surely a part of evil is the failure to do something good and worthwhile. Building, and not tearing down. The IRON MEN ALBUM is a cooperative effort in keeping alive memories of useful, wholesome endeavors, people at creative tasks which build character.

The Bible tells us, 'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.' It never encourages tearing down anything but the strongholds of sin. Sometimes we wonder how good all our labor-saving devices are when we see children, as well as adults with nothing to do. But if we really look for them, there are worthwhile tasks.

A mother told me recently of three families who went fishing together and what fun they had. They packed a lunch, ate out under the trees beside a lake, and really enjoyed the outdoors. How much better this is than parents spending their time hanging over a bar while the children are left at home with an indifferent baby sitter. The memories will surely be a lot richer for the former folks.


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