Growing up in the small town of Trenton, Georgia, my dad was self-employed as a car mechanic with a gas station. Although our needs and a few of our wants were met, we could not afford some of the things we considered as luxuries, such as a telephone. Our next- door neighbors, Mr & Mrs Allison, whom we thought were rich, had a telephone. When we needed to contact dad at his business, one of us kids would go next door and ask to use their phone. It was a wall-crank phone. In order to reach it, Mrs. Allison had a stool for us to stand on. We would use the crank which signaled the operator and she would connect us. Wow, we thought that was amazing.
Seeing how far communication has advanced, Mr and Mrs Allison and my parents would say, it is more than amazing. My greatest joy in the advancement of communication has been to see how it has connected the Deaf to the world. Regular phone service is useless for deaf people. Just in the last twenty years, deaf people have gone from the Phone/TTY system to being able to call someone and talk directly via smart phones and video phones. There is also texting and the video relay service. There is also Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, Live Chat, Email, and the Internet. It seems there is no end to the ways we can connect to the world around us. It is more than amazing.
Of course, in order to make use of these amazing ways of communication, a special device, connection, and technical knowledge is also needed. Often it is too expensive for some, others are not physically able because of age and disabilities to make use of them, and many do not have access to the technology and devices required.
The Royal Telephone
An old song, The Royal Telephone, written by Frederick M. Lehman in 1919, introduces us to a means of communication that is for everyone. There is no charge for the service, no cell tower needed, no special device needed, and no special skill required. It is called prayer. A special connection, however, is required. That connection is a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. As a child growing up in the First Baptist Church, I often heard this song. Much of it remains in my memory today.
Central’s never “busy,” always on the line;You may hear from heaven almost any time;’Tis a royal service, free for one and all;When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.
Telephone to glory, oh, what joy divine! I can feel the current moving on the line,Built by God the Father for His loved and own, We may talk to Jesus through this royal telephone.
There will be no charges, telephone is free, It was built for service, just for you and me; There will be no waiting on this royal line, Telephone to glory always answers just in time.
Prayer is me talking to God. Reading the Bible is God talking to me.
This is the best communication ever offered.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
– Romans 8:26
“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession (prayer)
for the saints according to the will of God.”
– Romans 8:27
“It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession (prayer) for us.”
– Romans 8:34
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to
make intercession (prayer) for them.”
– Hebrews 7:25
“Pray without ceasing.”
– I Thessalonians 5:17
“Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray.”
– James 5:13
“Be careful for nothing (don’t worry); but in every thing,
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God.”
– Philippians 4:6
“God hath heard me; he hath attended
to the voice of my prayer. ”
– Psalm 66:19
In today’s society communication is at an all-time high. Wherever you go, you will see people with a device in hand. People are connected. Our world and our lives would be better if we as God’s people stayed connected to Him as often as we connect to others.
The Royal Telephone, prayer, is available any time
and any place, even from a fish’s belly.
“Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God
out of the fish’s belly.” – Jonah 2:1
May we use the Royal Telephone more often.
This written because I care – Carlene