Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Writing All Over the Inside of Your Bible

The end of the semester (and end of college) madness is upon me. I will also be speaking three times in the next three days (during one of these times I will be witnessing to a roomful of professors, and I would appreciate any prayers), so this post is going to be short, sweet and a little more personal.

One of the nice things about carrying a cheap Bible is that you don't have to be afraid to write all over the inside. I've gotten into the habit of writing down prayers, especially when I'm in public or when I'm in earshot of someone and feel the need to keep things in the prayer closet. I'm getting ready to graduate, which is a mixed experience. The campus ministry has been my life for three and a half years and I'm passionate about its future. I recently found the need to pray, but I was in earshot of someone and so I wrote it down on the only thing available at the time: the inside of my ESV Pew Bible. I was emotional and made the decision without thinking about it, but it seemed oddly appropriate.

 I look back at what I wrote now and realize what a pathetic, helpless child I am, and how much I need God. Reading prayers that I've written in times of stress or emotional duress is a humbling experience that makes me love God more and more for being someone I can come and cry out to. If you have a cheap Bible or don't use the notes pages in the back, think about writing out a prayer sometime. Now that I've taken the first step, I'll probably fill up the inside of the cover and the separating pages. I'm a very private person, and so sharing my prayer life with the internet is a bit of a stretch for me; I would ask that you not peruse the pictures too closely or try to decipher much of my stressed out all caps scrawl.


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