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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
- TITLE: Direct Line to Heaven
By Carolyn Kenney
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My mother grew up in a small town in eastern Massachusetts where I still live today. Her father passed away at the age of fifty, leaving my grandmother to raise their seven children. In order to help support the family, my aunt, who was the oldest child, worked after graduating from high school and soon bought one of the first telephones in town.
My aunt loved to tell of the “party lines” prevalent on telephones in the ’20’s and ‘30’s. Someone would pick up the receiver in order to make a call, but instead would hear a neighbor already talking on the line. There were other times when the telephone would ring and eagerly a family member would answer only to find out the call was from Joe Witkum, the boyfriend of their cousin, Olive who lived a few houses away. Olive’s family did not have a telephone, so my mother or her sister would be chosen to run to Olive’s house and inform her of the call. Imagine Olive’s excitement when she realized the man she loved was waiting to talk with her. Joe and Olive married a short time later.
It would be wonderful if we could pick up the telephone and immediately be connected to the person who mattered most to us in life. However, what if we can no longer speak with that person? What if they have passed away, or due to a misunderstanding no longer speak with us?
At these times, do you ever wish you could pick up the telephone and have a direct line to heaven? Often our problems become too much for us to handle, whether they are family issues, a hard day at work or the death of a loved one. It is at these times that we need to turn to someone who will truly listen to us. We need a friend who will patiently hear us out and tell us the answer to the situation we face. We always have a direct line to Jesus. There are no “party lines” and the path of communication is always open. As soon as you speak His name, He will answer you.
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