Theme Thursday: Aging

MAY 22, 2008

Recently I answered a Freecycle ad for a Swedish Bible. Not that we really need another Bible (we own at least 8 various ones) or that we could read the Swedish language, but I answered anyway. I wanted to see what one looked like. What I found was a treasure.

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It was a sunny but chilly day when I picked this up from a friendly gentleman. He handed over into my hands a Book that was weathered and crumbling in my hands. I held it gently as I opened it up to the front page. A handwritten inscription adorned the page. In Swedish, it was dated 1912.

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I wondered what the personal inscription said. The Bible verse that was noted was 1 John 2:17:

And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.

I took this Bible home and it sits upon our table in our reading room. I gaze upon it wondering what lives did this Good Book guide. Somehow, I feel connected to these Christians of a different time and I look forward to the hope that perhaps one day I will get to meet the author of the inscription in Heaven.

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