Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Love My Life

I found Luke perched up on the couch going through my Bible one morning. His new accomplishment is climbing onto the couch and basking in the comfort. I often find him rolling around on the couch or totally lounged out with his sippy cup! So funny to find him there! On this occasion he first found my phone sitting there so he handed it to me (while chattering to me), then he found the remote control and he handed that to me too! Next he discovered my Bible and he opened it up and started turning the tissue thin pages. My first instinct was to stop him and take it away.
After a few moments of observing, I decided NOT to take it away. I decided just to enjoy the moment. This particular Bible was given to me by my parents on my 16th birthday. It is well used and worn.

It has traveled with me on many missions trips to St. Louis, Los Angeles, the interior of Mexico, Orlando, Oregon, Michigan, Hawaii, and a wonderful trip that I helped lead in my hometown of Leo Indiana! As you can see some of the pages have started to fall out!
The binding is held together by tape. It is also a scrap book of my life. If you flip through you might find old church bulletins from all over the country, old photos, name tags from various VBS's, scrap peices of paper with verses scratched on them, bookmarks and other momentos that document my life and spiritual journey.

The pages are folded, sometimes crunched from experiences, written on in pen, pencil and marker, and underlined, stars in the margins etc. I even have penciled in question marks in the margins of things that I have devoted to further study.

You are probably wondering why I didn't stop my potentially destructive little explorer?

I was so filled with joy seeing my little "bundle of joy" flip through the pages with all of the curiousity of his one year old mind! It brought me to tears as I thought of the significance of my own flesh and blood and his own spiritual journey. I thought of how my past is going to form his future. I was utterly covered with chills. A seemingly normal day quickly turned into a memory that I will cherish forever.


Emily said...

This post brought tears to MY eyes too. Beautiful!

Alli and Phil said...

Aww thanks Emily!

guppy and the worm said...

This brought tears to my eyes both times I read it! Very touching indeed. MOM

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