Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Friday, November 28, 2008

Vintage Holiday Devotional


Hello, lovely friends!
I have been saving something very special to share with you for the Holidays...As you may recall, my sister has recently been shipping to me boxes of my mother's things. That is how I came to own...

my mother's bible, gifted to her by my maternal grandmother.
As you can see from the dedication page, my grandmother presented this Bible to my mother and father, Kathleen & Jim, and then signed her name "Mimie" (pronounced "Mimmy"). The date says "Feb 15, 1953".

Saved within the Bible's pages is a yellowing article from a Wilmington, NC newspaper, entitled "Millions Read Same Bible Passage Daily".
According to this article, Thanksgiving Day was the first day of "Worldwide Bible Reading", an annual period in which Christians from all over the world read the same verses.

"The custom was started 11 years ago in World War II when a lonely Marine on Guadalcanal wrote his parents suggesting that he and they read identical scripture passages, a different one each day.

"The nondenominational American Bible Society took up the idea, and it has spread to 40 countries with the suggested list of passages for the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas period, going to more than 15 million persons and groups requesting them.

"President Eisenhower said the custom is the kind of act needed to feed 'the flame of our faith' in a time when that faith is under materialism.

"I prayerfully hope its success this year will be greater-that its imprint in the hearts and minds of the peoples of the world will this year be more pervasive - than ever before," he said."

The suggested readings were as follows:
  • Nov 25th: Psalms 1
  • Nov 26: Psams 23
  • Nov 27: Psalms 27
  • Nov 28: John 1:1-34
  • Nov 29: Psalms 37
  • Nov 30: Psalms46
  • Dec 1: Psalms ??
  • Dec 2: Pslams 91
  • Dec 3: Psalms 103
  • Dec 4: Psalms 121
  • Dec 5: Isaiah 40
  • Dec 6: Isaiah 53
  • Dec 7: Isaiah 55
  • Dec 8: Matthew 5
  • Dec 9: Matthew 6
  • Dec 10: Matthew 7
  • Dec 11: Luke 15
  • Dec 12: John 3
  • Dec 13: John 10
  • Dec 14: John 15
  • Dec 15: ???
  • Dec 16: John 17
  • Dec 17: Romans 8
  • Dec 18: Romans 12
  • Dec 19: 1 Cor 13
  • Dec 20: 2 Cor 15
  • Dec 21: Eph 6
  • Dec 22: Phil 4
  • Dec 23: Heb 11
  • Dec 24: Rev 21
  • Dec 25: Luke 2:1-2
I have decided that I am going to use this daily devotional. Anyone else interested in joining me?

God bless,
Elizabeth

19 comments:

beth at aunties said...

I printed the list off to put in my scriptures and I too am going to read them.
The sticky buns, as we also call them can be made in a loaf pan.
I needed to de-stress for a moment and your post was just what I needed:)
Thanks,
Beth

Trish said...

What a gift there Elizabeth....like as I go through mom's things little by little, I am finding handwritten notes on books and recipes which brings her close to memory. That bible looks like my mom's....amazing. Elizabeth...I am in the midst of my own readings right now but I am copying down the list for future.

Candy-Faith said...

Love your blog header :)

da Bergs said...

I too printed off the list! THANKS! And, how wonderful to get her bible!!!

Lady Katherine said...

How wonderful to have your mothers Bible, My brother has my mothers.

Carrie said...

What an heirloom treasure you hae in your Mother's Bible...the Bible reading list is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Do stop by my nativity blog to enter the second giveaway:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, what a wonderful keepsake you have there!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

What a lovely keepsake-and with the newpaper clipping tucked in makes it even more special. Christmas blessings to you.

A Hint of Home said...

How special to have your mom's Bible and the clipping inside.

Darla said...

Priceless!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful treasure to have. I've copied the list and I am going to try and read it all.

Linda C said...

What a special treasure to have your mother's Bible.

Carla said...

I love old bibles! I love when people insert such cool cuttings or letters! I needed a devotional for Christmas-I would love to join you! Thank you for sharing your treasure!

Carla said...

ALSO, someday I'll get it 'together':)
"President Eisenhower said the custom is the kind of act needed to feed 'the flame of our faith' in a time when that faith is under materialism.

"I prayerfully hope its success this year will be greater-that its imprint in the hearts and minds of the peoples of the world will this year be more pervasive - than ever before," he said."

What a wonderful quote:)

TJ said...

That is a great treasure! I need to note those passages and dates.

Susie Homemaker said...

Oh, how wonderful for you...I am sure you cherish it.

Blessings,
Susie

Liesel's Garden Party said...

Oh I love things like that, especially bibles. I have so many from different family members and inscriptures make it that much more special. What a wonderful bible Elizabeth, something to cherish <3

Mrs. Miles said...

Wonderful, beautiful to have a family bible. I've not one, wish I'd had my Grandmother's.

The list is a terrific idea, I think I will save it too. Thank you so very very much.

vikki said...

what a treasured gift! how wonderful for you. my Bible is thick with momentos that i tuck into it... printed off the list & have been reading thru it. love, love, love it! thank*u for sharing. hugs & blessings, vikki♥