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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: The Talk Box
By gayle jackson
07/23/08


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Thank you Alexander Graham Bell….where would we be? When it rings, we know a voice or at least a simulation of a voice will be heard. Soon the telephone will be a thing of the past. Land lines are no longer popular as the cell phone companies can often provide better and cheaper service.

So why do I still have a real telephone, one that does not need electricity along with the convenient (travel phones I call them) portable phones. Several years ago, maybe some of you remember, Aug 13 or 14, 2003 part of the US was without electricity due to who knows for sure. They “The Man” said it was the power grids and maybe a Canadian grid. We had quite the scare here in Michigan.

But we had a phone! No one else on the block did till some of them hooked up their generators. It has now become more than just my backup phone. It is also a disciplinary tool for my teens that misplace the other phones.

You see it has a cord attached. You can’t walk away. You can’t go in the bathroom and talk or upstairs or downstairs or outside. You have to stay right by the thing, and no 25 foot cord either, like my family had back in the day.

All the phone lines and electrical lines are old, very old, older then me. Since I am known by my family for prophesying quite often, the one about a third of the world being in the dark, always makes me think of those old grids and all the fancy electronic equipment we can not seem to live without.

What makes us think we are all smarter than God? I know I am typing right now on the computer. And I just called my mom on the telephone and left her a message. I have heard that they now have computers that can transfer your image and voice instead of using a regular phone.

All this technology and we’re still struggling to get the Word out. Not that this has anything to do with the telephone or spreading the gospel, but my son told me recently that the US Post Office is not fairing well and mail delivery may be vanishing.

When the end comes, communication may only be by word of mouth, or writing. The telephone along with other electronic devices might not work. Our only link with each other, like the early Christians could be the Ichtus sign or memorized bible verses. Then where will we be….hopefully on our way to paradise! Hey do you think we will need telephones?


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Patty Wysong07/29/08
I never stopped to think about where we'd be (communication wise) without our very convenient power supply--and I grew up with intermittant power! Good point here!
Mary Hackett07/30/08
When thinking about the tools of technology that surround us, it's always good to remember that they cannot be depended upon. They certainly can't take the place of God! Thanks for sharing!