Many of the Bibles I gather have dedications in the inside cover — many serious, most associated with a confirmation, baptism or other event— but some are just heartfelt, curious comments:
One from a Thanksgiving present:
“David – Thank you for being my brother. I wish you a world of good.
The American Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the early immigrants who landed their large sail boats on the eastern seaboard. It took one month or more to get here from Europe. This trip was near fatal. Where are the American Indians now?”
My current favorite was in the inside cover of the “Bedtime Bible Story Book”, an illustrated, middle school level storybook version. In the inside cover, Jose wrote to his 3rd grade ‘good buddy’ Robert: “I thank God for your friendship and may this book serve you as it has me.”
Or this very wise dedication:
Sometimes it takes a great deal of courage, or love, or faith to give someone a Bible. I know why – you open yourself up to possible rejection, maybe scorn, sharing it. Would we hesitate to give away gold?
The world is crying out for hope — comfort — acceptance — love. Some of those crying are crying out for Bibles, from far away, impoverished countries — you can help them. Others are crying but don’t know what for — maybe they need Bibles too.
This blog’s verses are highlighted by Wendi Renee, in a Bible given to her in 1989 by Michael:
Galatians 2:20 (NLT): My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NLT): All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Jeremiah 1:4-8 (NLT)
The Lord gave me this message:
5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Romans 8:28-29 (NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Thanks for reading! If you find anything interesting in the Bibles — like some of the items I feature on the galley pages– send them on! If you want to help with sending Bibles overseas, click on the Used Book Depository link. And as our Methodist ministers often pray, “may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable unto Him.”