Give words. Give written words.
Years ago, when I was almost 18, and just about to graduate from high school, my grandmother gave me a Bible for Christmas.
It’s a great Bible. In fact, it was my first study Bible…a New American Standard, Ryrie Study Bible. I still have it and occasionally use it today. It was a great gift. An expensive gift at the time.
But, inside she included these handwritten notes. She shared her heart. She wrote Scripture that was important to her. She encouraged me to live a life of value. She expressed her joy in being my grandmother.
It was the greatest part of the gift. The most valuable.
It was then and it is now.
I still have the Bible…although I have many other Bibles on my shelf…but I can replace the Bible. I can’t replace these notes.
My grandmother died a few months ago. She was my last remaining grandparent. As soon as I heard of her death, I went to that Bible…to read the notes she had written. I have read these notes 100’s of times since she first wrote them. I’m positive…Lord willing…I’ll read them 100 more.
The best Christmas gift ever! … at least that a human can give…