|The CCC and WPA of the 40's MADE jobs
These years of high unemployment takes my mind back to the Great Depression, and the
"CCC" camps. Those letters stood for "Civilian Conservation Corps," and it saved families, and even saved
some lives from starvation, right here in our good old U.S.A.
This allowed young
men to join the CCC to help build public works around our nation. They made a few dollars per month, and were required
to send half to their folks back home, to keep them from starving. And this took place until I was about ten years old, I
believe those young men also were required to write home at least once a month. It worked, and it helped keep those
young men from going bad.
Another program that gave jobs to family men,
was the "WPA." I know of an instance where one job was available, so one man was given work for three days of each
week, and another man got the other three days! The initials stood for "Workers Progress Administration,"which
came along in 1936. This was another family-saver, giving jobs to adults building roads, parks and many other worthwhile and
needed facilities. There was a public joke that went around, that "WPA" stood for "we piddle around,"
but nothing could have been farther from the truth. There are still buildings standing strong that those men build in the
1930's. In fact, there's a state park about ten miles from my hometown back then, that still serves the public as
a place to picnic, swim, hike, and enjoy other wholesome family things. My initials are probably there among the hundreds
that kids put as their "sign," when classes would go there for their last day of school outing.
It was a wonderful, beautiful place, and it's going strong still today. In those days, God and Country
meant all to folks, and we should pray for leaders who will bring those feelings back to us. God is in charge; pray that He
will bring us through.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.