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Choosing the Right Bible!
I Have a Need to Read the Bible!
It all started about five years ago when I mentioned to my parents that I had an interest in reading the family bible. They showed concern as the family bible is in bad shape it needs to be repaired as it is over one-hundred years old. It will eventually get passed down to my older brother Jim. This being the family tradition that the bible be passed down to the eldest son. In all honesty I know it is going to good hands as Jim also has a passion for the study of religion in which he has taken courses in Theology. I understood that my parents would be sticking with tradition on this particular subject; as tradition goes it is the man that will keep the family name going.
I have always had a fascination for the family bible ever since i was a small child.Within it's old worn pages it carries bits of our family history going back to when our last name was spelt K-e-n-n-e-y it is now spelt K-i-n-n-e-y. The first couple of marriages recorded witin it's pages are Kenney and then they change to Kinney.
The story behind this is that an ancestor of mine and another man took Church money and went to America; they were supposed to spread Catholic religion but instead chose to get into "Rum Running". Well when this tale got back to my ancestors they didn't want to be connected to the "Rum Runner" relative so they changed our last name to Kinney.
Family Bible Falling Apart
Recently I became a Christian so with this new change I decided I would like to read the bible from beginning to end. But then I remembered the frail state the old family bible was in and thought it best that I stayed away from the old bible until it gets repaired.I felt that it would be better if the bible stayed in my parents possession because I would feel awful if while in my care there was further damage done to it. Well this helped me decide that it would be best all round if I just got my own personal bible instead of borrowing the family bible.
This was a much better idea instead of something bad happening to the family bible like my dog deciding to eat it or something like that. I told my mother that I had decided to buy my own personal bible instead of borrowing the family bible. I could feel a sense of relief coming from my Mother as she readily agreed with me that this would be best. I knew that my parents wanted to keep the bible under their roof until the time came when tradition calls for it to be handed down to the next eldest male in the family.
Trying to Make the Best of My Life
I realized asking to borrow the bible had caused a certain level of stress for my poor parents though it was unintentional I wished I had never asked them to borrow it. I actually thought their reaction would have been one of delight that I wanted to read the family bible. As we all know life isn't always so black and white we must try and look at the grey areas in life. I guess they were worried about keeping to traditions; I understood where they were coming from. We all must learn that we can't always get what we want in life even if it is only a family bible.
Looking Forward to Getting My Own Bible
I understand that my parents just wanted to keep the family bible safe; I am touched by their concern for it. But if the truth be told I can't help feeling a sense of disappointment in not borrowing it. But the more I thought about things I realized the family bible should not be used until it has been repaired plus it is rather large and cumbersome I believe a smaller size bible will be a better fit for me. I am already thinking ahead in fact I am hoping to go to the "Second Look Book Store" this weekend to see if they have a bible that will suit my personal needs.
When I find it I will be free to read it when ever where ever I please! I am looking forward to hunting for my bible and once I find it I will use it - not abuse it - till my hearts content Amen!