If you your ears would keep from jeers,
These things keep meekly hid—
Myself and I, and mine and my,
And how I do and did.—H. Dennett
(Matt. 6. 2).
A huge horn shaped object, hidden deep in the wooded hills near a Maine town is called by scientists "The World's Biggest Ear." The Ear will make it possible for the first time to transmit live television across the ocean. This gigantic, 177 foot electronic ear trumpet is made of aluminum and steel, built to the precision of the finest watches and weighing 340 tons. It can pick up an incredibly minute signal from the two-watt satellite transmitter three thousand, miles out in space, multiply it one billion times, and send it out across the nation—as a telephone call, TV program, or news picture.
The need for such a device is urgent. By 1980, we'll make one hundred million international phone calls a year, twenty times as many as now. There'll be new demands for world-wide television and world-wide news coverage for people who want to see events and places "live."
The scientific wizards for the space communication matters tell us that we can now "hear a star squeak two hundred million light years away."
More wonderful is the knowledge that human cries come into God's ears (Psalm 18:6), that God's ears are open unto man's cry (Psalm 34:15), and what James writes:
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth (James 5:4).
More comforting, too, what Peter writes: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers" (I Peter 3:12).