When my Grandfather passed away his Bibles were divided up among the family.
Papa and Granny had 4 children and 9 grandchildren. To my knowledge we all received at least one Bible, if not more than one.
Papa Dalton was a preacher so he had quite a few Bibles.
The number of Bibles wasn’t the significance.
It was their condition.
This past week I came across Papa’s Bibles.
I knew I had them. I even knew exactly where they were in case anyone asked but I hand’t looked at them recently. It sure made me pause. And think.
These were not ornamental Bibles. These were read. And read. And read.
When I think of my Papa, these are a few things that come to mind…though not necessarily in this order.
Coveralls…Cornbread in buttermilk. ..’48 Black Chevy Truck…Hats…Black bruises on his nails…His Prayers..His Bible.
I loved reading back through all the notations in the pages of Papa’s Bibles. Notes on sermons and events as well as a record of how many times he’d read his Bible through.
Papa died in December of 2001.
I can only imagine what this number would have been in 2001.
Papa prayed at each meal. Nice long prayers.
I don’t think he believe in short prayers.
He prayed over his food but also over his children, his DIL’s and SIL’s, his grandchildren, their spouses and eventually his great-grand children.
There is a line from the song “Grandfather Was A Preacher” that says
“He was a million miles from a million dollars but you could never spend his wealth.”
This was my Papa. This is my Dad. This is my Father-in-Law. This is my husband.
What a legacy.
This Thanksgiving, as we remember our Blessings…and we are so very Blessed…I am also reminded that this legacy doesn’t stop with a Grandfather or a Father.
It may be our legacy but it’s not our’s to keep. It’s ours to pass down.
Whether or not you have a Papa like mine…this is still your legacy.
Your’s to have.
Your’s to pass down.
You are Blessed!
To each and everyone of you! You are one of my biggest blessings!
And I’m so very Thankful for you!
Praying each of you have a wonderful, blessed and thankful day!