For Ladies Only – August 2007
Pictured Above: Pastor, Mrs. Trieber & Tim with Pastor Mark, Regina, Elisha & Dad Swanson
I can’t believe that once again I am writing an article for the last issue of the summer! Where did the summer go? Did you take time for a vacation to refresh yourself mentally, physically and spiritually? If not, I trust that you can do so before fall arrives!
Early this summer, Pastor, Tim and I had the wonderful privilege to be able to go to Rockford, Illinois, my home place, to enjoy the 54th anniversary of the Berean Baptist Church and my dad’s 54th anniversary of being the pastor. What a milestone for both the church and my dad! I enjoyed seeing all of my brothers and their families. My sister, Vennie, and her family were able to accompany us on the trip. All eight members of the Swanson clan were together at one time!! We were able to have the Memorial Day picnic on the family farm. I will admit that I was quite envious of all the acres of green grass that my brothers’ grandchildren are able to enjoy with their children’s riding tractors, trucks and the like! Someone once said, “The grass may be greener, but you just have to mow it.” That may be true, but you can only “hose off” concrete!
One of the greatest events of this trip was a special presentation that Dad had for me on Friday night prior to our flying home. I have been literally begging my dad for one of his many Bibles for years, but to no avail. On that special evening, Dad gave me one of his Bibles. In addition, my brother, DeWayne, gave me the only Bible we have of my mom’s. Mom passed away 37 years ago! What tears of joy I shed! I cannot begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading through these Bibles! To see markings in their own handwriting has been thrilling! My dad is an ardent student of the Word of God and is phenomenal in his knowledge of the Bible. Page after page of his Bible is filled with notes and sermons! He commented to me that this Bible wasn’t “marked up” like some of his other Bibles, and I can’t begin to tell you how “marked up” this one is! I have found many “ladies’ sermons” in the pages of his Bible which I intend to use. (Sorry, Dad, I know they are copyrighted!) I have equally enjoyed reading through Mom’s Bible; I hold it as one of my most cherished possessions. Both of these precious treasures now grace my coffee table for my children and grandchildren to hold and look through.
Most of us have more than one Bible. I have several Bibles that I have kept down through the years. It is my prayer that my children will cherish one of Mom’s “marked” Bibles as much as I have enjoyed these two special Bibles. With that in mind, let me ask you a few questions:
- Are you marking a Bible for your children?
- Is your Bible available for your children to see?
- Do your children catch you reading your Bible?
- How much time do you actually spend in your Bible?
- Is it evident in your daily life that you even read the Bible?
If you cannot answer a resounding “Yes!” to these questions, why not get started today? The song writer so aptly penned, “The B-i-b-l-e, yes, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-i-b-l-e.” If you are marking your Bible, it will mark you!