If you don’t open it, you lose …

“Every word written in the book read by the king of Judah will happen.” 2 Chronicles 34:24

imageJosiah became king in Jerusalem at the age of eight and was considered uneducated. As a teenager, he began to learn about God, and yet, he was eighteen when first exposed to “the Book of God’s Revelation.”

It’s hard to imagine a time without what we now call a Bible. My Grandma Twedt gave me my first Bible at my confirmation, around age thirtimageeen. It is a small white King James Version Bible that I carried at my wedding. I must admit there are no signs of wear from reading this Bible. The print is small and I had no interest in the poetic King James “thees and thous.” So, the lovely white Bible sits in a drawer to be “fought over” when I’m gone.

When I retired from the Grand Canyon Synod, I boldly requested a leather-bound version of The Message Bible as a going-away gift. It has been seven years since I received this gift. The book is tea-stained, rippled from exposure to moisture, frayed around the edges, and the binding is pulling away from use. It’s a mess–just like my life without God.

There is a warranty to replace a worn out or defective copy of The Message. However, I can’t relinquish my Bible to the publisher–it represents a lot of hard work in my faith growth.

Dear Lord, help us want to open our Bibles to begin or continue or faith journey. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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