Have you ever considered what others might learn about your spiritual life if they were to read your Bible? Have you ever thought that your Bible might be a legacy or a witness to someone after your death?
Many years ago I went to an estate sale after the death of an elderly neighbor woman. Her two-story home and all her earthly possessions now belonged to nieces and nephews. They had removed all her antiques and other items they considered of value. As I looked around her home, I saw several old pieces of furniture but nothing that interested me until I spotted a box of old books.
There on the top of the box was an old Bible and a Halley’s Bible Handbook both of them obviously worn. I picked up the Bible and began to thumb through the pages. Many pages were folded in. Some were turned down on the upper corners. There were many verses that jumped off its pages, the nearby checkmarks calling attention to each of these. There were notes in the front and back flyleaves along with many clippings. “John Chapter 3 Important”, “Matthew 5 Important”, and “Hebrews 12 Wonderful Chapter” were just a few of her notations.
The thought of this particular Bible, which so clearly reflected this woman’s love of God and His Word, being thrown out in a box of “old books” was very distressing to me. So I paid the $1.00 each and took them home with me. I have studied from them several times and they became the first in a collection of many old Bibles.
Another special Bible I received as a gift. It was purchased for me from Ebay by a friend. I cried when I read the inscription – “Presented to Edith McCarr by her beloved father on her 13th birthday October 10, 1893” – How many fathers today give their daughters a Bible?
There are many marked passages, turned down pages, clippings, several Christian poems, handwritten notes and a lock of hair in this beautiful Bible. One poem was entitled “The Prayer of a Bride”. It is the prayer of a young bride praising God for her soon-to-be husband. She prays for her soon-to-be husband and for her role as his wife. Edith McCarr had signed this prayer indicating to me that this may have been a prayer that she, too, prayed the day she became Edith Reynolds. Although this young woman only lived to age 20 (based on another inscription on the flyleaf), she was blessed to have a loving earthly father, and obvious love for her Heavenly Father.
How sad this once loved and treasured Bible ended up being sold on Ebay – yet Edith witnessed to me about her faith and trust in her Heavenly Father some 90 years after her earthly death. How many other lives did God touch with Edith’s Bible while it was on its 90 year journey to me?
I have other Bibles from the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Some of them are yellowed with time but are almost like new otherwise. In some, the pages appear as it they have never been lovingly read. Others are just worn from abuse and not from being read. It is easy to see which Bibles were cherished treasures to their previous owners.
One day after you have gone home to be with the Lord, what sort of witness will your Bible be? Will its pages be worn from your love relationship with God? Will someone reading it know how precious and dear The Word has been to you? Jesus and the love He has for us will always live on thru the pages of your Bible – but will others see your love for Him there?
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105
Help each of us to spend time each day in your Word learning about You and your ways. May we grow daily in our relationship with you.
May our Bibles be our greatest earthly treasure and may our love for You be evident in our lives and in the pages of our Bibles.
In Jesus Name I pray,
Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 10/21/06
Reposted to faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com, 04/02/2012
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