I've never participated in a blog "carnival" before, but when I saw the topic for this week's Carnival of Beauty, I had this feeling in my heart that I had to participate. The topic this week is the Bible. Can you imagine why I would want to participate? Hmm.... Well, I better get started so I can make my tee time!! :)
The Splendor of the Bible
I love to read. I love to get engrossed in the lives of the characters in a book and in the scenery presented on a page. I like reading books containing prose and poetry, suspense, mystery and romance, self-help, comedy and deep thoughts that stir my soul. Did I mention that I like books that are written to me? There is no other piece of literature that can provide all of these things except for the Bible. It is no wonder that God is my favorite Author!
Between the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the Crystal Sea in Revelation, the pages of the Bible, inspired by God Himself provide hope for the hopeless, healing for the broken, and strength for the weak at heart. We find companionship and love, more than we ever can imagine, as we read about a tenderhearted but jealous God who sent His only Son so that we could spend eternity with Him if we choose. As a bonus, we can even build a relationship with its Author and His Son as we spend deliberate time in its pages day after day. And...if we look carefully enough around us, we can also find God's autograph on our lives. Whoa.
How can I say enough about a "book" that has changed my very life and being? The Bible is all of these things and more. Can we really call the bible a book? The Lover of my soul wrote a letter to me and to you as well ...
- to inspire
- to comfort
- to encourage
- to strengthen
- to challenge, and
- to change
... each of us for the furtherance of His kingdom and so we would all have fuller lives.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12). "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
And the Word was God. We have the very mind of the Creator of the universe in our hands when we read our bibles. That, to me, is unimagineable splendor.