I awoke one morning recently and found, for the SECOND DAY STRAIGHT!!!!, that my OS had failed to empty the dishwasher. To put it mildly, I very much dislike emptying the dishwasher. I’ll clean a bathroom, scrub a toilet, even mop a floor but DON’T and I repeat DON’T go to school and leave me a dishwasher full of clean kitchenware. Consider yourself warned.
I didn’t go berserk because I didn’t have time. And that’s because of the next thing I saw in the kitchen.
Check it out.
I observed a Bible and a pair of glasses on the kitchen table both belonging to my middle OS. Let me tell you, it is really hard to stay angry about a full dishwasher when you behold this sight.
Aaron has a faithful morning ritual. At 16 years old, he wakes himself up early, brews a cup of French press coffee and reads Scripture. Specifically he awakes at 5:45 every school day and reads two chapters from the Old Testament and two chapters from the New Testament. Donned in a homemade robe I made him years ago, sipping java, Aaron and the Lord spend time together.
When I was his age, I didn’t even own a Bible. I had a book of prayers used in the religion we half-heartedly practiced. But as a teenager, I would never had considered owning, let alone reading the Bible. It would have felt “too holy” which I know sounds completely stupid but I’m being honest. Vaguely I recall that my mom had a Bible which she kept under the bed. My dad would have teased her if he found her reading it. When he died, my mom got the Bible out from under the bed and we searched for some Bible verses to use in his funeral.
At last count, we own at least 22 Bibles. Many of them have a sweet story about how one of us acquired a particular Bible.
|A Soldier’s Bible was given to Nate during Beast|
|Lu and Nate in El Salvador
The Hubs offered one of his many Bibles to an owner of a local coffee house who said he didn’t own one.
When my father-in-law moved locally, he blessed us with this Bible heirloom.
I love that we don’t just possess The Word. We claim it as truth. We read it, talk about it, study it.
Things have changed in our family, the family the Hubs and I have created and our extended family too. There is no longer any shame in reading The Word. There is no awkward hush if you mention something you learned during a Bible Study. There isn’t a judgmental whisper because you believe every word to be true.
|Here’s Ike holding one of his Bibles|
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
As much I want Aaron to faithfully do his morning chores, I think he has successfully mastered a much more noble task.