My previous post stirred up a lot of memories both in myself and loved ones around me. In thinking about my dad and the lessons he left for me, I remembered one special gift he gave me: a bible, a little blue Bible in which he wrote a dedication, and from which he wanted me to read regularly. A couple years after my conversion to Judaism, I decided to get rid of my Christian bibles, so I distributed them among my siblings. I sent my dad’s gift bible to my brother, my dad’s other son.
After writing my previous post I started to think about that bible, and I wished I could see it again, see what it said. I texted my brother to see if, after a lot of cross-country moves, he knew where it was. At first, he told me he didn’t know where it was off the top of his head, which is what I imagined, considering all the moving around. But then like 15 minutes later he texted me, “There are two things I keep under my pillow at home…” and he attached the pic of the bible that you see at the top of this post. He then also sent me a pic of the dedication page.
Never stop reading it, and what’s more important, apply it in your life and you will see how Jesus blesses you in a special way. I love you and I always remember you in my prayers.
The verse he mentions, Proverbs 3:1-8, reads (NIV):
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Twenty-three years after passing away, my dad is still talking to me, still watching out for my spiritual well-being, still sending his blessings.