January 3rd, 2016
My favorite Bible has fallen apart. The section beginning with the publisher’s preface and ending with Genesis 28 has completely separated from the spine. Thumb tabs that used to mark Ephesians to Colossians and Revelation fell off years ago. The cover is cracked, and the words, once in gold lettering, have faded. These are not signs of poor workmanship by the publisher, but of hours I’ve spent soaking in that Bible. Year after year, its promises and teachings watered my soul. It taught me about Jesus, and about how to live. I couldn’t get enough.
That much use can wear out a Bible, but not a person. In fact, Psalm 1 says that whoever delights in the Word, meditating on it day and night, is like a tree. Spiritual roots dig deep into the soil and limbs stretch to the sky.
Thanks to technology, the Bible is available in all kinds of electronic formats that will probably never wear out. Though the medium is radically different from print, the message is the same. And by it, we grow.
Author: Sherri Langton