Packing a Bible

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful experiences in life. Our recent move had its share of challenging experiences (things lost, things broken, things forgotten etc). But one incident refreshed me in a way I never anticipated.

I shall explain. For the first time in our many moves we employed a professional removal firm. Part-way through the packing one of the team approached my wife and asked her if there was any special packaging for a special book he had found.  He was referring to the Bible in the attached photograph. It is my ‘preaching’ Bible, and was on the desk.

I was moved (pardon the pun) by the man’s respect for the Bible. He had an understanding of its significance. Whether or not he believed in its contents, he realised it was sacred to others. For those of us who agree as to its divine origins, do we ‘package’ the Bible with respect? The only Bible most people see is the one that is lived out by those who read it.

“My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21 NIV11) When we put the Bible into practice we show the word a family-likeness of Jesus.  Let’s be sure to take God’s Word seriously and package it appropriately.

Malcolm Cox

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