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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

1843 Holy Bible - 
and the story behind it.
It's tattered and torn... but then it is 168  years old!





These photos do not do justice to the beautiful lithography


There are some stains on some of the pages.  I like to think they were tear drops from someone who loved God's word.

In early 1980's my husband was  working for the government on a contract job at the Heidelberg Army base in Germany.  While there We also pastored a small group of believers on Friday evenings and then supported the Military Chapel on Sundays.  
One Friday an Englishman visited the service, very intoxicated. He was actually arguing with Bob while he was preaching.  God did a miraculous work.  By the end of the sermon the man was completely, unmistakably sober.  He gave his heart to Christ and asked for prayer for his family. 
 He was going through a divorce.  

About three months later he visited again, a very different person.  God had heard his prayers, restored his marriage and they were all attending church in their hometown in England.  He was an antique dealer and brought us this beautiful Bible as a gift of thanks. 
 He could have been ushered out of the service that first Friday night but instead, many of those there, were quietly praying as he argued.
We never heard from him again but know we will see him again in Heaven.

So this book holds much more than antique value.
It hold the promise of forgiveness and new life.


I am linking today with Vintage Thingy Thursday and Spiritual Sunday
Blessings, Debbie

15 comments:

Grannys Attic said...

Beautiful! Love your last words "It hold the promise of forgiveness and new life" so very true. Blessings, Vicky

Bead and Needle said...

Beautiful Bible - Beautiful post! Happy Thursday - Tanya

Ann said...

Debbie, This is an inspiring post---the most beautiful I've seen. I've never seen this Bible before, it is awesome. Your story is such a memorable one.
Hugs
Ann

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Beautiful post, Beautiful experience.
Thanks for sharing & Thanks for being Jesus to that man....Only Heaven knows the impact of your love, patience & prayers...

LV said...

Debbie such a touching story on this very vintage bible. You certainly are fortunate to have it in your possesion. Wonderful blessing and treasure.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Beautiful book, beautiful story. Blessings to you and family. I could not link up with Suzanne today, some problem. Pop over and visit for my VTT today.
QMM

Coloradolady said...

My goodness, what an amazing post. The Bible is amazing alone, but the history and how it came to you is priceless for sure. This was very touching to me today, Happy VTT! I am so very glad you linked in today.

Judy said...

Hi Deborah,

Wow, I am blown away by this story! What an awesome testimony!! I love reading and hearing stories like this. The 168-year-old bible is incredible as well. What a story that will tell as you flip through its pages.

I wish these things would happen more often in my life and the lives of those I'm praying for daily. I guess in His timing. Thanks for stopping by my photography blog. I also have a devotional writing blog at http://virtuouswomanministry.blogspot.com. I invite you to stop by there as well. Take care.

Blessings,
Judy

sarah said...

what a beautiful gift to have....I like what you said about stains on the pages...maybe were tears of someone....

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a wonderful testimony about this man. I love old Bibles and at one time wanted to start collecting them. I haven't started yet but maybe someday.
God Bless,
Ginger

Sherry said...

What a beautiful story and a beautiful bible!
Sherry

Charlotte said...

What a beautiful story and what a treasure the Bible is. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Kaye Swain said...

How awesome! What a blessing your church family was to him, and he to you, and now all of you to us. And what joy to learn of yet another sweet miracle surrounding the Word of God. Thank you for a sweet smile today.

Pamela said...

So, so special. God's Word is always a treasure, but this even more because it speaks of God's faithfulness and mercy.

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

What a beautiful story and incredible bible!

God is great!!!