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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: A Spiritual Legacy
By sandra snider


My Bible is showing its age. Purchased in 1984 it has some rips, stains, curled edges and a few lost index tabs. Margins and most available white space are crammed with notes, dates, cross references and events of more than two decades of life. Clippings of favorite hymns (Beautiful Savior, It Is Well With My Soul, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go) assure me that I wonít forget meaningful lyrics. Bright blue stickies mark passages where Iím asking God for clarification. Yellow highlighting is everywhere.

I really should get a new one. My pastor once suggested purchasing a brand new Bible when your present one becomes worn. Replace it and start fresh, he said. Now, I love my pastor but I thought about that idea for two seconds and then promptly dismissed it.

Because this is the Bible that I want to companion with for the rest of my life. Weíll grow old together. My spiritual life is encapsulated within these pages. If I canít recall an exact chapter and verse I can often find what Iím looking for because I know where itís located on the landscape of my marked-up Bible. Left page bottom right; right page upper left. I visualize where that verse or passage is and, boom, Iím there.

Retiring this particular New King James version is totally out of the question. It even has LARGE print (purchased years before I had Lasik eye surgery) and Iíll definitely appreciate that feature the older I get!

But hereís the main reason. This is the Bible Iíll leave to my daughter Hannah after Iím gone. Sheíll have tangible physical evidence that I read this book ďall the daysĒ of my life, just as Deuteronomy 17:19 states. Will this venerable Bible become one of her most prized possessions, emblematic of what Godís majestic Word meant to her mom?

Sheíll just have to turn its pages rather gingerly. And as she does, sheíll see the frayed and faded green piece of paper titled, ď12 Steps To Use in Praying For Your Daughter.Ē

ďOh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.Ē (Psalm 119:97)

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Dianne Janak02/28/08
ahh.. Love this... How true that we need to show not just tell...act not just talk.. and this worn out Bible says it all.. IT GOT USED! Thanks for this.. great take on the topic
Sylvia Hensel 02/28/08
I love this story. It is well written. I feel the same about my first bible which i purchased in 1972. I still read it the most and after all these years, I am still underlining passages that speak to me anew.
Beth LaBuff 02/29/08
What a treasure will be given to your daughter with all your notes and collected papers. I smiled when reading that your pastor suggested you get another Bible. I know what youíre talking about when you donít remember the chapter and verse, but you know where itís located on the page. Yes, your daughter is blessedÖshe had you to pray for her. I like your Psalm 119 quote. Your title is very good for this.
Jacquelyn Horne03/03/08
Beautiful legacy. I'm sure your daughter will be proud. I have my mother's Bible, and I am very proud of it.
Hanne Moon 03/03/08
I like this take on the topic. And I'm with you on this one! I even had my bible rebound (which cost more than a new one!) because I couldn't bear to get rid of it! Your daughter will be blessed to have it.