Monday, March 08, 2010

A single stitch

This is the Bible I carried with me as I walked down the aisle on my wedding day.
It was my grandmother's Bible, and she received it from my grandfather on her wedding day...

It is one of the most special things that I own. Namely because of its history (it's 70 years old),  because it was my grandmother's, and now because it has a special place in my own history.

I love what my grandfather wrote to my grandmother on the front page of the book:
"To you Helen my dear wife I give these words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on this our wedding day. As Christ loved the church, so do I love you."
dated August 10, 1939.
Isn't that the most precious and romantic thing you have ever read?

The cover is made from material from my mother's wedding dress. The lace is from the collar of my grandmother's wedding dress. It was my mother's idea to put the Bible cover together with all the special things included. My grandmother also helped her make it...

On the inside, there is a lace flap with a piece of hair from my mother's mother, who passed away when I was a baby....
 It was very precious to have all of these remnants of history to carry with me on my wedding day...
I, of course, will pass it on to my own daughters' to carry with them on their wedding day, if they so choose to...

While studying the Tabernacle in Beth Moore's study A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place, I was mostly struck by the care and precision that our Lord God put into designing the Tabernacle and all of the details of it.
Exodus 28:2 says, "Make holy garments for your brother Aaron, for glory and beauty."
I was struck by the care and precision and history of the holy garments for the priests, namely Aaron.
Exodus 28: 6-14 describes a garment called the ephod. the ephod was a sleeveless vest worn as an outer garment. It was two pieces attached together at the shoulder. A girdle or belt was also worn around the ephod, embroidered with the same colors.
Onyx stones were to be attached at the ephod's shoulders...
The names of the sons of Israel were engraved on these stones...
The order of the stones were determined by the order of their birth...
The stones were set in gold mountings...
The stones served as a memorial....
The breastplate of the ephod was to be worn over the priest's heart...
A golden bell and a pomegranate was to be placed on the hem of the high priest..
The purpose of the bell was to be sounded as Aaron went in the holy place....

What does this speak to me?
God is actively involved in the intricate design of our lives. Just as my mother and grandmother lovingly designed a precious Bible cover for a precious Bible to be a part of my history, the Lord God designs our lives intricately.

"God has not missed a single stitch or left a stone unturned on your behalf; furthermore, His activity in the details of your life most often displays His glory and beauty."
~Beth Moore  A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place

8 comments:

Terry @ Breathing Grace said...

What a beautiful and godly family legacy.

I would say on behalf of us with less idyllic beginnings, appreciate it, but it is quite clear that you appreciate it fully.

Have a blessed week, Andrea.

Christine said...

I loved that study. And you have a wonderful godly legacy to pass on to your children. I will be the first in my family to attempt to pass on that spiritual legacy and I pray that someday my granddaughters can say that I did just that!! Thank you for the beautiful picture of your family history!

Rose said...

thank you for sharing this. way to pull on my heart strings! Gaga is one of those people i just can't wait to see in heaven. <3

Children of Eve said...

How special that you have such a beautiful, tangible piece of your family history to pass down. The instructions on the making of the tabernacle has always been a favorite for me to read and ponder. It shows us many facets of God's character.

Amy T. said...

What a beautiful thing to write to a wife. Thanks for sharing.

debbie bailey said...

How beautiful! And what a keepsake. I love things like this! You had quite a romantic grandfather. Sounds like a godly man, too. You're so blessed.

Natalie said...

What an absolutely beautiful heirloom! Thanks for sharing it with us. Loving the study, too.

Anonymous said...

Andrea.. It would be wonderful if you would scan or copy that for all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to see and be able to share Papa's love for Gaga. It is indeed a testament to the wonderful loving legacy we come from.