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Post  Admin on Fri 23 Jan 2009, 1:52 pm

How beautiful it brought a lump to my throat thank you so much for shareing.
It reminded me also of some treasures which I have some broken ornaments and plates which I have glued together, when my children asked why do you keep those throw them out they are glued and worthless, no way! they bring back such fond memories of my childhood, Dad had bought Mum, both are now gone to be with Jesus and they were handed down to me but over the years accidents have happened to them, but they still remain treasured possessions.

By the way I also have treasured dog eared bible and concordance which pages taped in fallen apart through much use also streams in the dessert, the new version bought me of these is not the same, inside are treasures written where God have spoken to my heart. They have pride of place.
God bless you Zerich.
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Post  Zerich on Fri 16 Jan 2009, 9:23 pm

To tell the truth, I don't remember seeing Mom actually read her
old Bible.
As far as I could tell, it just sat on the night stand next to her bed.
And that was the best place for it, since it probably wouldn't
have survived any meaningful usage anywhere else. The black cloth
cover was ragged and time-worn, its dog-eared pages yellowed with
time.
Once I accidentally knocked it off the night stand, launching
loose pages all over Mom and Dad's bedroom. I expected a
tongue-lashing for my carelessness (and believe me, this was no small
expectation, since Mom delivered a tongue-lashing like Pavarotti
delivered an aria -- with the practiced precision and stunning power
of an artist). But Mom was so busy gathering the pages, gently
smoothing them and returning them to their place in the book that she
paid no attention to me.
Soon after I moved away from home, my sister Kathy and I
combined our funds to buy a new Bible for Mom for her birthday. It
was a black leather volume, twice as big as her old Bible. The pages
were trimmed in gold, and there were maps, references and a complete
Bible dictionary included within its pages. We even had her name
engraved on the front with gold-leaf lettering.
It was a beautiful book, and Mom was touched and pleased with
it. I remember watching her thumb carefully through the pages,
admiring the quality of the paper and the clarity of the printing.
From that day on, it was the Bible she took with her to church, and
the one from which she read during the family Nativity pageant.
But for some reason, it never displaced the old Bible from its
position of honor on her night stand. And that kind of bothered me.
"I don't know why you keep that ratty old thing," I told her as
we prepared to pack it among her most precious belongings for what
would turn out to be the last of many relocations in her life -- this
time to the warm, heavy air of Southern California. "That new Bible
we got for you is the best that money can buy. You can't even use
this old one anymore."
Mom smiled at me weakly and sat on the edge of her bed,
carefully wrapping the old Bible in an equally old, equally shabby
white shawl.
"Just because a thing isn't useful anymore doesn't mean it isn't
valuable," she said softly, deliberately. "You look at this and see
an old, worn-out book. But I see the gift your father gave me on our
wedding day. I see the friend that was always there to provide
strength and comfort when your father was sent to Pearl Harbor during
the war. I see the storybook from which I read to all of my
children, and the primer from which you all read your first Bible
verses.
"This Bible has been in the family as long as we've been a
family," she continued, caressing it through the tattered shawl.
"It's part of us, part of our history, part of who we are. So even
though it isn't especially useful anymore, there is still value in
what it represents. At least, there is to me."
Suddenly it occurred to me that she wasn't just talking about
her old Bible. We live in an age of fanatically obsessive
utilitarianism. Everything is disposable -- even people. If it's
old or odd-looking or not particularly useful, toss it -- or him, or
her -- out. We forget that there is value beyond utility, and worth
beyond "what's in it for me now."
When Mom died, Dad gave me her "new" Bible. It's among my most
cherished possessions. It means a lot to me, and it really is
beautiful and incredibly useful. But I'd trade it in a minute for
Mom's old, useless Bible.
I even have the perfect place for it -- on the night stand next to my bed.

ZERICH

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