For this month's Arsty Essay, Judith challenges us to write about our favorite and most inspiring possession. So very hard to narrow down among the keepsakes, the mementos, the photos and such, just one possession. I still have the dress & shoes Mama married in. I have Mama Ruth's depression glass. I have money my Daddy collected from all over the world. But here it goes:
One possession stands alone. Only one has been a comfort and encouragement. Only one has directed me in difficulties. Only one records favorite meetings. This possession holds quotes from many, both the famous and the ordinary.
Within this possession lie pieces of artwork that I value more than any piece in any museum. It holds a list of the favorite hymns of faith that I want played at my funeral. Time lines run through it. Maps that mark marvelous journeys are held there.
Memories of past friends of faith run deep here. Facts and statistics are kept here. History is recorded here. It has been my faithful companion possession of the past 15 years. Underscored, written in every available corner, paper stuck between pages, worn and yellowed and falling apart at the seams. Sermon notes from my favorite pastors. Pictures my children have drawn for me. It is my favorite for all it contains for me personally and spiritually. It is the most inspiring because I would not be me today without it. It is my Living Bible.