King James Bible

I have this King James Bible.

I will never forget the day it was given to me.  You know how you have these moments in time, and even though there are no photos to commemorate it, you can see it vividly in your mind’s eye?  This is a moment like that.  I am celebrating my 8th birthday, I’m in Grandma & Granddad’s house in Yucca Heights, I’m sitting on that braided rug, and I open this box to find a large, “grown-up”, black leather Bible.  I was so proud.

It’s right here beside me, 40 years later.  Along with eight or nine different versions, it’s within reach… and I do reach for it regularly.  As I leaf through it now, I find my name written in child-like cursive scroll in the front cover, with the telephone number I had growing up in the country.  It falls open naturally to page 303… still in the reference section of this book… to “Strange Things in the Bible”.  I grin to think that as a child I was fascinated with this listing, and marked that page with a black ‘magic marker’ along the edge so I could easily find it.  The Beatitudes are outlined with a blue box, and I have written “Learn these” underneath them.  Of course I’ve made many more notes on the pages as the years have gone by, but it’s always nice to see that little-girl handwriting out in a margin, knowing how big I felt taking notes during a sermon.

King James is the only version I ever read until I was in my twenties.  Although I would love to be a great memorizer of Scripture, my adult brain finds this to be quite difficult.  So, all those beautiful words held in memory come from that portion of my brain that was so happily filled up as a child.  When I’m able to quote a verse, you can be quite sure it will come out in that King James language.

I’m thankful for grandparents who found it appropriate to give a small child such a meaningful present.  I’m thankful for parents who took me to church.  I’m thankful for Sunday school teachers who taught memory verses and little songs that would make it so easy to understand the words in the Bible.  I’m thankful that God gives us such great gifts!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1. KJV

7 Responses to “King James Bible”

  1. Tawna Ward says:

    What a treasure! I sometimes wish we had retrospective cameras that could go back and take pictures of those momentous occasions of our lives that were missed on film. I’ve only been a baptized Christian for 10 years, and still when I look back at my “church” bible, for I too have several versions, I laugh when I am reading and see the notes I’ve taken and verses I’ve highlighted. I remember times of desperation and sadness and feeling forlorn, now to see how wonderfully God ‘fixed’ the situation of the time and mended my heart! I am finally able to trust in Him and not worry and fret so!
    I love reading your blog!
    Love ya!

  2. bette says:

    Beautiful! Simply beautiful!!!!

  3. Shawn says:

    I remember memorizing the Beatitudes in your Grandma’s Sunday school class when I was about 10 years old.

  4. Kim Mann says:

    Precious memories……..

  5. Cheryl says:

    How special. I have to say this is one off my favorite posts. Those of us who were reared by God-fearing parents certainly have a lot for which to be thankful.

  6. Linda Davis says:

    Very precious memories! I still have my first bible from my parents, received at Christmas when I was 8. White with a zipper, so things wouldn’t fall out, and a tiny gold cross on the zipper tab…and my name on the front. Kings James Version of course. I remember feeling very grown up taking it to Sunday School!

  7. Marcea Clive says:

    Sandy, aren’t we just lucky to live in a country where we can read the Bible and not have to hide it?
    Becuase of Grandparents like yours and mine and those before them, we can still do this.
    Love your story.

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