Today I bought a 74 year old Bible for $2.
The sign said, “Estate Sale.” As Carrie and I followed the signs, we pulled in the driveway of an early 1940’s white house. The house was small and people were walking about it looking for what treasures they could find. As I entered the houst was clear that the owner had passed away a while ago and the house had not been updated since the 50’s. Everything held a masking tape price tag. I walked through the house and did not seen anything I could not live without. As I walked through the living room, a small book on the coffee table captured my eye. Amid all the other books, this one stood out.
Picking up the book, I wipe the dust form the front cover and read the title,” New Testament: Protestant Version.” With that title, I knew the Bible would be mine.
“Do you have any cash?” I asked Carrie. She nodded she did.
I made my way to the garage where two ladies sat eating their lunch. “Will you take $2 for this Bible?” They quickly agreed.
I thought it was a fair offer for a 74 year old Bible with a rich heritage in our nation’s history.
These Bibles were printed by the United States Government Printing Office and given to service men and women fighting for our country in World War II.
Opening up the first page, you read some powerful words from May 6, 1941 from President Franklin D, Roosevelt,
“As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origin have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.”
What a powerful statement from the President of our country. I am not sure that we have a President or a Congress who will give Bibles to our military today. This is a vital part of our nation’s history.
Here are a few more pictures with some words to consider:
Just some thoughts,