Though this is not a response to Michelle's Ditty challenge for May, it was inspired somewhat by it. The word "book" began to talk to me. As we have been packing to move, I have been discovering Bibles galore in our house. Everywhere I turn, I see a Bible. Most of them were on bookshelves. Most are unread - because really, how many do you NEED at one time?
I've realized that I have a problem with buying Bibles (and my husband does, too), but I'd never gathered them ALL in one place before. Purple? I don't have a purple Bible! I need one. Oooh, a snap closure! I don't have one of those. Zippered AND blue?? I'll take it!
Sometimes we bought them and forgot we did. We even rescued a perfectly good leather Bible at the dump once. I now have my mother's, my father-in-law's, and my grandparents' family Bibles in our collection.
And these aren't all of them - I don't even know how many we've given away over the years! Sometimes we bought them for kids at church when we did special programs, or to give to someone when they didn't have a Bible. And do you count New Testaments as Bibles... there are quite few of those.
As I sit here I can count 12 Bibles in the kitchen. There are more, but I can't see in the cloth shopping bag that is full of them. I don't know how many are in the livingroom or the hallway, and my own church bag has at least one in there.
So to say we have too many Bibles for the space in our new small house would be an understatement. I think we will be bringing our excess Bibles to our new church to see if anyone needs one, or if they want to keep some for new people as they add members. We'll see. Maybe I can keep a just a few extras for spares. There is just something about knowing that I have the Word in my hands...
Oh, there is nothing like the smell of a new book - especially a leatherbound Bible.
This, my Book upon the shelf
has nowhere else to be
but in my willing hands
to open doors for me;
This that's carried in my hands
I've captured in my heart,
Reminds me where to look to find
a whole new way to start;
It's opened up new doors for me,
it stays close by my side;
No more residing on the shelf
with other books to hide.
This book is like my GPS:
It guides me step and turn,
with points of interest in each verse
and chapter that I learn;
This book is wholesome medicine
to heal a broken heart,
with remedies not understood,
no need to plot a chart.
It tells of mysteries we can know,
solutions we can reach
by asking for forgiveness;
Repentance mends all breach.
This Book once standing on the shelf
has somewhere now to be;
I open it with loving hands -
it reads my heart to me;
It comforts me and leads me,
Addresses every need,
It points me to the One who died
For every soul He'd bleed.
Reaching deep into my heart
He asked me once to go
To walk with Him and talk with Him
And let Him save my soul.
If not for my dear Bible
I'd dread what lies ahead;
I'm glad it called from on the shelf
and brought me where it's lead.
It pulls my heart strings constantly,
reminds me where to look;
Whispers soothing to my soul say
God's within this Book.
And as I hold it in my hands
God holds onto me too;
I'm thankful for my Book from God;
How I pray it calls to you.
by Donna JT Smith, 2017
Do I have a favorite Bible? No and yes. It is whichever one is in my hands.