My Most Special Possession (and no, it’s not the diamond...)
On my last day of 8th grade, I came home to my dad breaking the news that his mom, my grandma, had passed away. In the following days we traveled from Texas to Kentucky, back to my dad’s hometown, to attend her funeral. The grandkids were each able to pick one thing from her house to keep. I chose this Bible.
Every summer as long as I can remember my family would make the drive to Kentucky to visit her and my aunts, uncles and cousins. Every memory of visiting includes: 1) the best homemade potato cakes you can possibly imagine, 2) numerous word-search and crossword puzzles and 3) seeing my grandma spend time every single day in God’s word.
The Bible pictured here is filled with her handwritten notes, church handouts and underlined passages. The pages are worn and dog-eared. Even the actual cover has bends and frayed edges. Tangible representations of her dedication, steadfast trust and hunger for wisdom only God can provide.
It was an easy decision for me, even as a child, to pick her bible as my keepsake. Standing in her home for the last time, I made a silent promise to her that I would read the Bible in its entirety. Just as she had done countless times.
Here I am admitting that I have yet to fulfill this promise. I have read many passages and books and studied various stories within the Bible. But I cannot say I’ve read every single word, cover to cover. My 2019 resolution is to spend every day in God’s Word and ultimately fulfill my promise by the end of this year.
I hope that my admission encourages you to join me. Even if you’ve been a Christian your whole life and never miss a church service, there is still capacity to strengthen your knowledge and relationship with our Heavenly Father. —————
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105 NLT) - 5 minutes ago