I am pleased to once again bring you a devotional from Lucy Neeley Adams. This first appeared in The Upper Room Daily Devotional in August, 1977. Thank you, dear Lucy, for sharing it here with us.
A Tattered Testament (Read Psalm 46)
"Thy word is to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16)
My tattered little paperback New Testament sits on my bookshelf, held together by a rubber band. I still find great meaning in reading it, but I must handle it more carefully than when it was new. Its messages are still like water when I am thirsty, or food when I am hungry.
On several occasions it has renewed my shaking spirit when I saw no way to get through the moment.
In the last four years there have been four deaths among my close friends. They were so sudden that it took all the faith I had to persevere. From my daily Bible study, God gave me strength to be helpful to the grieving families. And this little paperback Testament was my constant companion at the funeral services.
On its inside front cover, I have written: "Holding onto this at the funeral of: _____." I filled in each name at the beginning of their funeral.
I know there is no magic in holding the Bible. But I do know there is a miracle of peace and comfort that comes from being assured of its inner message.
PRAYER: O God, how wonderful it is to have Your Word! Thank You for the people who were inspired to write for You. Loving my Bible is an outgrowth of loving You. I do love You and thank You. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
My Bible is like a rudder that guides me through each day.
Lucy Neeley Adams Winchester, Tn. (August 6, 1977) The Upper Room Daily Devotional - Nashville, Tn.