I’m a sucker for history! Anytime I’m at my mother or mother-in-law’s house, I love digging through old photos, documents, jewelry, pictures – anything that gives me a glimpse into the past. I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot when I find old letters or journals. I enjoy reading the writer’s words, seeing their handwriting, and imagining them sitting at an antique desk writing to a loved one far away. I once found a letter my dad had written his grandmother when he was away serving in World War II. His handwriting was beautiful, looking as if he penned the entire letter in calligraphy. Reading the letter, I had the sad realization that handwritten letters and journals are becoming a thing of the past. Schools are omitting handwriting from the curriculum and it’s quicker to send a text. Unfortunately, when our generation passes away and someone is digging through our belongings, they will find very few handwritten notes. Instead of journals, our box will contain SIM cards with our calendar on it and our declarations of love will be in the form of 140 characters, resembling something like Have a gr8 day! C u soon! Love u!
Pales in comparison to the handwritten manuscripts of yesteryear.
BEST SELLING BOOK IN HISTORY
Thankfully, the best handwritten manuscript of all was printed on the Gutenberg press in 1640, becoming the first mass printed book. According to my research, it 66 Books, 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses ,773,693 words, and 3,566,480 letters. It was written on three different continents, over a period of about 1,800 years, by 40 different men from all walks of life. The first American printing was in an Indian language in 1663. It has now been translated in 450 languages, with sections of it translated in 2,000 languages. Even with all the technology, research says it is still the overall best-selling book in history. Approximately 800,000,000 plus copies have been sold since 1611 - over 2,000,000 per year, and over 5000 per day. Of course, I’m talking about The Bible.
It contains stories, parables, poetry and letters. Most of all it is our guide book. It helps keep us connected to our Father, gives us spiritual guidance and allows us to learn more about Christ. It’s our guide book. It gives us the plan of salvation and also gives us a glimpse into eternity.
A LIGHT IN A DARK PLACE
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. – 2nd Timothy 3:16-17
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. – 2nd Peter 1:19
The Bible can now be read on a Kindle, Nook, iPhone, or Android. Don’t like to read at all? Download the Bible to iTunes and listen as it is read to you! How convenient to think we can read Paul’s letters to the churches, Luke’s account of the gospel, or Isaiah’s prophesies any time of day just by sliding our finger over our phone! Everything our Father wants us to know is written in His word.
ALL HIS WORDS
Just like a father writes a love letter to his children, our Father in Heaven has given us a book containing wisdom, truth, and love. And every single word – all HIS words – are important, valuable, and written especially to you and me.
Whether it’s an old leather bound book, an app on your iPhone, or just a daily verse, I pray we linger over each word, growing in wisdom and grace.