For the first time in my life, I actually stuck to a New Year’s Resolution. January 1st of 2016 I vowed to read my Bible all the way through by December 31st. I’ve made that same vow almost every year for the past twenty years (holy crap, I’m getting old!), but I’ve never succeeded. I’ve read every page before, but never all within twelve months. But 2016 was my year! I managed to read through the Bible in a year for the first time in my life. And with a day to spare, no less!
I don’t feel that I can really give the Bible a review. What I can do is tell you what it means to me. I was raised on a diet of Bible stories from before I could separate the meaning of the words from my mama’s soothing voice. Scripture has been there for me since I became a Christian when I was six years old. I remember waking up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat from a bad dream. Flipping open my Bible to a Psalm never failed to drive away my nightmares. When I got made fun of in school or went through a breakup, the Bible was my refuge. As I got older and went through hard times, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, when we found out that we would never be able to have children, I found God’s comfort in its pages. I have never had to go through life alone, and that is all due to Jesus, who I was introduced to through this book.
The Bible is a mosaic, housing between its covers everything from poetry to prophecy, epic battles to the ultimate Sacrifice. Is it hard to read? Sometimes. I struggle with the genealogies and laws as much as the next person. But anytime the Bible is approached with an open heart and mind, God speaks. My granny was the daughter of a moonshiner, and was forced to drop out of school in the second grade. She never truly learned to read or write. But somehow, she cold pick up her Bible and read without stumbling over a single word, because she believed that God was bigger than her illiteracy. And He proved Himself to her and to me, time and time again, through the pages of His Word. It’s God’s love letter to us, and I will never take my easy access to it for granted.