I have this old Bible that was my grandfather’s. When I inherited it, it was worn, tattered, and falling apart. I considered having it rebound but knew it would not be a Bible I’d use to read or for study purposes. However, I could not part with it. I have many extended family members who have been and are wonderful examples of faithful servants who love God and His Word. Many of these faithful servants of the Lord have served and/or are serving in full-time ministry. They are beautiful examples of those who walk out the Word and share Jesus wherever they are, as part of their daily life. I am very grateful for their influence and impact on my life.
My Grandpa Hutchings was special to me. He was kind and gentle, but he was not a man I thought of as having a vibrant faith. He rarely talked about God. He made many, many mistakes in his early adult life. I received his Bible after my father passed away. My Grandpa Hutchings’ Bible was marked with passages on the weight and struggle of sin, and the amazing grace and love of God. This resonated with my heart and seemed to parallel my own life in some ways. I identify with being a wretched sinner saved by amazing grace!
This Bible has remained in a box in my closet for the last 18 years. I’ve had an artwork idea rumbling in my head for several years now. I finally took the plunge! I used some pages from my grandfather’s Bible to create this artwork that now graces our home. My sweet husband built the oak shadow box. I found a plumb in an antique shop to represent the fact that God’s Word is the plumb line in my life. Kimberly Campbell of Kcreatives helped to finish off this project by hand-lettering a portion of Hebrews 4:12 on these precious pages.
I’m thrilled to have this piece hanging in my home as a beautiful reminder of the transforming beauty of Jesus and His Word in my life and in the life of my family!
Rejoicing in Him!
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