While at one time the cover on this book was very detailed, but now as all things age it is slowly turning to dust! You note there is no title on the cover. Do you know what it is? I purchased this book at an auction probably 25 years ago. It was in fragile condition even then. I have pulled it off my shelf over the years and moved it about my house. Today when I was moved to open it I was shocked at how much it had deteriated.
I am a collector of many things one of which is Bibles. Yes this is an antique Bible. I took a few pictures from its pages before it can no longer be open. Even if you are not a believer I encourage every single person to read a Bible of your choice. Within its pages are stories of not just God and his son Jesus but also great historical events. The Bible is a history book and one that as of yet cannot be disputed. Here are the unique things about this particular Bible:
While this book never belonged in my family I have tried at times to locate any descendent of the family without success. I am a lover of antiques but more importantly I am a lover of the Bible.
Not to worry this is not really about politics. The title stems from an old western movie but one I have used on occasion. It is not hard to define who the bad are! The ugly of course refers to our current situation. Now that we have gotten those two out of the way lets look at the good that we should be focusing on.
Good – Putting God first! Regardless of your faith or even the lack of… it is time to put God first. Our forefathers in their infinite wisdom did that very thing regardless of how devout their religion was. Their intent was to build this country on a solid rock! It was important after war to start this nation in a positive way.
Good – Family. Most of us have one. While I don’t support some of the family units in this country, it really boils down to unity. It goes back to creation, God did not want Adam to be alone in the world so he created Eve and you know the rest of the story. The point being this world began with a family unit. And yes, there is good, bad and even ugly in most families. It is not something that most people want to talk about but it exists. More important than anything is how we keep the family unit together. That goes back to Putting God First!
Good – Country – And there again I am not talking about our situation I am referring to the land itself. We are blessed to live in the most varied and beautiful land in the world. We have not done a very good job of taking care of it but it still exists. As a photographer and avid camper I can tell you I have been in some breathtaking places in this country like this:
Don’t focus on the negatives but drive yourselves to the positive. We still have our families, the land and more importantly God!
After my grandmother passed away in 2005, I rambled through her old photo albums (the kind that were held together with something like shoestrings and on black paper) to find these photos. I remember her remarking in earlier years that she did not even know who these people were but they were related to her grandmother. Some of them were tintypes that I restored. Hope you enjoy.
I don’t sleep well and am a morning person for the most part. Keeping that in mind you would have laughed at me this morning as when the sun was coming up I threw on my boots and ran out the back door with my bathrobe and camera to get these few shots. While not much sun there, I enjoyed the clouds.
Our Christmases of the past make me wonder what this Christmas will be like, for sure nothing like the last.
The parades we may have no more. As a family we have decided to take a risk and still get together. Family is not something we are willing to comprimise on or have the government tell us what to do. Families shape us in a way nothing else can. They define our moral structure, they support us when we are in need and celebrate us when we succeed.
After all, in sickness or in health our Heavenly Father still joins us. He still supports us and still celebrates with us even if our earthly family is unable to. Even if you do not have family, reach out to help someone to have that special Christmas.
This year is particularly hard. We have had many losses. Our Mother was our greatest loss but we have also lost our freedom to show our face, our religious rights and the right to an honest election. The old saying “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” is true for the most part. While we struggle to regain our footing, our faith is something that will never waiver even if we can’t attend church. I carry my faith with me. I am not ashamed of it and will always protect it. I am very vocal about my rights and desires to live a normal life and do not apologize for that. Dispite the evil in this country, I still stand for American and what our forefathers fought for.
Whatever your plans are this Christmas, keep Christ in your plans and hold your family close to you even if that means being six feet apart!