The fabric of a small town in strengthened by how people stay connected with one another. Long before the Internet and cable, people actually talked face-to-face.
Billy owns and operates a small service station on the corner of Main Street and the highway which passes through town. Years ago, he took over the operation from his father. Assisting him a few hours each day is Duane, a retired highway patrol trooper.
Billy and Duane run a station without too many frills. They stick pretty much to selling gas, changing worn-out batteries, rotating and balancing tires, and light service and maintenance of cars and trucks.
Anyone who just happens to drop in can usually find a seat on the generous and wide window ledge inside as well as a comfortable bench outside.
The “Conoco” station has been here for many years so everyone knows about Billy and his business. People depend on him for many of their automotive needs, but the special folks drop in for an even more important reason.
Many people think the original CNN (Cable News Network) was founded in 1980 by media mogul Ted Turner. Billy likes to think otherwise.
A small sign on the bulletin board identifies this station as a site for CNN. For the “hottest brand going” in local news, one needs to stop by CNN (Conoco News Network), which is years older than the other CNN.
Locals stop in to catch up on the latest news and more. Sometimes a visitor just might hear a bit of innocent gossip or the sharing of a story or two (but watch out for the really “tall” tales).
On the busiest of days, Billy and Duane always have a free minute to share and gather news. The day always goes faster with conversation while a car or truck goes up on the hoist every half hour.
Joe stops by this morning. He is a colorful cowboy-type who worked on the big dam construction project back in the 1930s. His stories are legendary. But be warned, he just might take one on a hunt for pocket gophers.
Another regular happens to be Pete, a retired teacher. Later in the morning, he stops by on his way to the post office. In a small town, everything is within a short distance.
In the early afternoon, Flint rides up on his fine-looking quarter horse. The duo has been out for a ride, and both need a quick water break. Even at CNN, news can be delivered by “Pony Express.”
As democracy modifies our conception of life, it constantly raises the value and function of each member of the community, however humble he may be.
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
American activist Jane Addams (1860-1935) was the second woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Her accomplishments are many as she labored as a reformer, social worker, and author. She was a timeless voice for world peace and women’s suffrage.
From Mark 10:14:16: “‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.”
Our children and grandchildren
Grace fills their nurturing love
For generations to come
With God calling out with love
Young, innocent, and fragile
Our youth require constant love
Their welfare rests in our hands
With God sending lasting love
Our decisions beg wisdom
Cherished treasures need our love
Number “One” priority
With God shielding through His love
Unselfish, humble adults
Time to step forward with love
Our angry wrangling at rest
With God moving hearts with love
Common sense should always lead
Precious children seek our love
Misplaced actions now buried
With God dispatching His love
From 1 Corinthians 13:11-13: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
As a community, we are called by God to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of our children and grandchildren. There can be no greater calling when we are encouraged by the love and grace of our Heavenly Father.