I Knew It Was Coming

It finally happened this morning.

I knew it was coming but it still made me sad.

My Bible finally split in two.

I bought this Bible my last year of Bible college. It wasn’t very fancy or expensive – I was pretty broke at the time.

It’s big and heavy and …  precious.

For over 20 years this Bible has been my constant companion.

It was the Bible I was using when I was in the classroom as a brand new teacher, dealing with students, and other teachers, and difficult parents.

It was my Bible as I got my first apartment and began navigated the adult world with it’s responsibilities, privileges and budgets.

It was the Bible I was using during that exciting time when I met and fell in love with Jan.

It was the Bible that I read when I got engaged, then married, and as a new bride.

It was the Bible that carried me through 5 pregnancies, 5 births, and then taught me to be a mother.

It’s pages are rumpled and full of underlined verses and notes in the margins.

It’s been there in the every day of life – giving me strength for the good days, and encouragement during the bad.

This is a book full of God’s promises that I claimed – and God kept.

It’s not just a Bible – it’s a record of my spiritual journey – a history of my faith.

I’m not at all sure that I’m not ready to retire this one – at least not yet.

I know there are smaller, prettier Bibles out there, the words are the same and just as powerful. And in time it would become as priceless  as this one.

But I’m just not ready – at least not today.

I wonder just how long I can hold it together with tape?

This Bible is like a good friend and I really hate good-byes.

One thought on “I Knew It Was Coming

  1. Know how it is to have to consider replacing the Bible you are so used to. Even knowing what part of the page the underlined verse is, even if you’ve forgotten the exact chapter!!
    I did “bite the bullet” and got a new bible. I’m so glad that I chose one with wide margins for note taking! It saves having to pick-up the dropped pieces of paper with notes that are stuck in between the pages because there is no room to write. Hubby has a study bible with lots of notes that he likes, too, especially when he is teaching and gets questions.
    We serve an awesome God who has given us His Word to remember, but also it is fresh each time we read it!
    Nana Shirley


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