Sunday, 7 October 2018

My Devotional Life: A Handwritten Bible

"I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." - Martin Luther

Well here we are, October 2018, and another Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. (For my American friends, sorry; you'll have to wait until next month for yours). 😉 Seems like only last week was the start of Spring! In our region, the first couple of snow falls of the season have already come and gone. Maybe it's a sign of getting older, as I've heard some say, but time sure seems to race on lately. You may be able to relate. Wow!

Well this Thanksgiving also marks an anniversary. It has now been two years since I started my quest to create a handwritten Bible. In those two years I have completed the entire New Testament, as well as the Old Testament from Genesis through Job. As a matter of fact, I said farewell to Job just this morning. So far I have three volumes that make up the New Testament, and I just recently began my fifth volume of the Old Testament. Now, here on the second anniversary of this project, I begin with the Psalms. I am looking forward to this next chapter (no pun intended) of this early morning devotional routine.

I have blogged about this experience a little before. Is there a take away from this project? Most certainly there is.

The first thing I noticed in trying to create a handwritten Bible is how much slower one has to read the Bible if the object is to copy every word and punctuation mark. While this may sound tedious to some, I find it strangely therapeutic in that it also results in much more scriptural meditation and reflection. In other words, I spend much more time on a passage of Scripture than if I were to simply pick up the Bible and read as one might read a novel.

Another thing I've noticed is that the very early mornings are now my favourite time of day. I'm now usually up between 4:00 and 5:00am (without the help of an alarm clock, I might add), and sometimes earlier yet. Well before anyone else in the house is stirring, and with the coffee pot on, I typically get lost in the Scriptures for the next one to two hours before having to leave for work. There's something about an early morning time in prayer and Bible reading that just sets the day off on the right foot. As a matter of fact, from personal experience, when I don't have that quiet time before rushing off to work, my day often seems disjointed and more stressful than normal. Coincidence? I think not. What a beautiful way to start the day!

So here's to the Psalms. Judging by the many markings and notes, not to mention the tattered pages, I've clearly spent some time here before. I can't wait to do so again.

Peace, Blessings, and Happy Thanksgiving. 😊

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Me as an Amanuensis: Morning Devotional's Next Level?

Morning Devotions Are Awesome Once Again