Daily Archives: October 18, 2008

Views from a Bible


In the huge shipment of bibles I now shelter in my basement, i find lots of things tucked inside.

Bookmarks, poems, scripture references, names and dates.

I save the oldest bibles for myself. my latest find is from 1887.

1887! people! Can you even imagine?

In a small bible with this title on it,

New Testament

Protestant version

presented by the army of the united states

I found this in type:

The White House


March 6, 1941

To the Members of the Army:

    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 origins 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.

Very sincerely yours,

[signed] Franklin D Roosevelt


and in another bible,  a newsprinted article, pasted very tightly inside front cover is this:


I wil study the language of gentleness and refuse to use words that bite and tones that crush.

I will practice patience at home lest my testy temper break through unexpectedly and disgrace me.

I will remember that my neighbors have troubles enough to carry without loading mine on them.

I will excuse others faults and failures as often and as fully as I expect other to be lenient with mine.

I wil  cure criticism with commendation, close up against gossip, and build a healthy love by service.

I will be a friend under trying tests and wear everywhere a goodwill face unchilled by aloofness.

I will gloat over gains never, but amass only to enrich others, and so gain a wealthy heart.

I will love boys and girls so that old age will not find me soured and stiff, but fresh and free.

 I will gladden my nature by smiling out loud on every occasion and by outlooking optimistically.

I will pray frequently, think good things, believe in men, and so a full days work without fear or favor.

                                       -Church Visitor