I was going through some of father’s belongings recently and came across this Bible. My father carried this Bible for years, especially to the prison Bible studies he was part of.
This was a special Bible for my father. He was one of world’s experts in using a Thomson Chain Reference, I think. He told me various times how useful it was to him. An inmate would spring a question on him, and he would head for his topical index. Moments later, he had a list of Bible verses pertaining to the question.
He had a lot of references memorized as well, but this was a tool he highly appreciated.
In his later years, I introduced my father to a computer Bible, the Online Bible. He used that extensively as well, but it was never as nostalgic as his Thompson Chain Reference Bible. When I turned 19, he bought me one as well. I still have it, and it will probably become a family heirloom. But the wear and tear on my father’s Bible tells a story that my computer Bible somehow will never match.
Do you want to leave a legacy for your children? There's nothing like a Bible.
Especially if your children know that you used it, and lived by its teaching.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6