The Broken Bible

“I have hidden your word in my heart.”.. “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  Psalm 119:11 and 18

She is a wife and mother, busy with the details involved in maintaining a family and household. Outside the walls of her home she works in her church and community. Life can be overwhelming even for the most organized and Holy Spirit-filled woman.

In the middle of one such busy day her eyes fall on the Bible she first began studying while in college. The pages are fragile, loose and tattered, the binding broken. She stops for a moment, fingers drifting over that much-loved book, eyes lighting on the many underlined verses.

A feeling of overwhelming gratitude settles over her as she recalls how her grandmother sent this book so she could learn how to know, love and trust the God of the Bible. Many years have passed, many other Bibles sit on her library shelves, but this one is special. Chores and cares slip away as she silently thanks God for this broken, precious book that brought “and continues to bring” new life.

Your Book, Father, is much more than a mere book. Thank you for how it has been preserved through the ages and for the light and life it brings.

by Marilyn Ehle
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