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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
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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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