We recently moved so that we would be closer to the church. We had boxes upon boxes. My library alone numbered over 50 boxes. As we moved some to storage and others to my office and still others were taken to my home office. As I was unloading boxes and putting them on shelves in my home library, I came across a rather small Bible in a zip-lock bag. When I saw it and held it in my hands, it reminded me of the day I received it.
Do you remember your first bible? My neighbors picked up my brother and I and took us to church. We were going to Berkley Baptist Church in Denver, CO, and it was here that my 5th grade Sunday School teacher gave me the Bible I was holding in my hands. To my recollection, it was my very first bible. He gave it to me after I had attended Sunday School three times in a row. I will never forget the joy I had when he presented it to me. I noticed that he had written my name in it. The bible was a small King James Version with a zipper cover and the dongle was a gold cross. I took it home showing it to my mom and dad. I was so happy to have a bible of my very own. It contained some of the most beautiful pictures I had ever seen in it. I remember two in particular, Moses receiving the Ten Commandments and Jonah in the whale.
It had one other feature that I had not seen in my dad’s bible. When you got to the New Testament, some pages had words printed in red ink. I found out that these were the words Jesus spoke. I learned that of all the words in the bible, almost eight-hundred thousand, some of them were different. I set out to read my “red letter” edition bible, focusing on the words printed in red ink rather than the black. It was exciting to read the words of the one who took my place on the cross. He loved me so much that he gave His life so that I could have eternal life. I arranged my bible reading, beginning with the verses that had letters in red. In this way reading the bible did not seem as daunting a task. There were not that many verses. As a 5th grader, I enjoyed reading my bible in this fashion.
Do you remember your first Bible? Would you mind sharing your story on this page?