It’s difficult to study history on the Texas frontier without studying E.L. Deaton, early settler to this part of the world. I quote him here as he describes worshipping on the Texas frontier. I pull this passage out in my mind on those days that I am tempted to feel too busy, too tired, or too anything else to get myself to worship via a very nice automobile and into a climate controlled building with padded seats and all typed of other comforts!
“We had no church houses then as we have now, in which to worship. To institute the comparison, let the reader imagine him or herself starting out from the little western home in a wagon drawn by two oxen.
“After traveling through tall prairie grass, over hills and across hollows, you come upon a log cabin, an old-fashioned chimney at one end, a dirt floor with seats made of split poles and pins driven through them for legs, a log cut from each side for light and ventilation, and you have the primitive Texas frontier church as it existed at the time we were fighting Indians.
“Behold the settlers coming from all directions in their wagons. They drive up, some dressed in buckskin with one or two six-shooters strapped around them and their wives perhaps in possession of their guns.
“[The preacher then] takes the stand, draws from the pouch a Bible and a hymn book, and with six-shooter belted around him and gun within easy reach, he proceeds to deliver a Gospel sermon…Often the Indians would swoop down on the settlements in great numbers and commit their outrageous atrocities during the revival seasons, and often their raids would protract the meetings, from the fact that the men would follow after them and it was deemed safer for the women and children to remain at church during their absence than at their homes, so the women would remain and protect the ministers, old men and boys.
“…May God help them all, and may the present generation not forget the sacrifices and deprivations endured by the hardy frontiersmen who paved the way to civilization in the Lone Star State…”