Jerry and Two Bibles

Jerry at the Sheraton, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.
As I wrote on my other blog, a couple of weeks ago when we spent a few days in San Diego, we stayed at the Sheraton–a beautiful hotel on the bay of the Pacific. During the time we were in our room–when we didn’t have any company–Jerry spent a lot of time “marking” a Bible. He had two Bibles spread before him–an old one showing a worn cover and well-thumbed pages that he would give away, and a newer one he would keep.
The occasion for the gifting would be our eldest son’s 50th birthday. Since his celebration was to be a surprise, when he and Dearrah were in Crestline we had given him a regular birthday gift along with his Christmas present, hoping that move would help alleviate any party arrangement suspicions.
But his special 50th birthday gift would be one of his father’s Bibles that Jerry had used for years–both for studying and for pulpit preaching. The notes and markings inscribed over a number of years were dear to Jerry, though, and he methodically went through the older Bible and transferred unique markings to the copy he would keep.
I watched as Jerry spent many hours lovingly performing this task. On one of those days I stood on the balcony outside our hotel room and recorded this image of my Jerry, an aging godly father, a minister of the gospel, who was preparing a special gift for his eldest son, a son on whom also has fallen the “mantle,” and to whom such a book would be cherished.
I missed the presentation. We had decided to leave the party early for it was now late on Saturday and we had a five-hour drive to Lake Havasu, with church at 9:00 on Sunday morning. Jerry had placed the boxed Bible on the table with other gifts and I thought he was just going to leave it there. I had already started to the car, when Jerry changed his mind, picked up the box, and privately–I believe with just Steve and Dearrah– presented Steve his aged and treasured Bible.
It was a memorable moment, one of pathos and of deep feelings, one of tears and high emotion likely never to be forgotten by either man. Tears heave from my own being as I write this account and consider its deep significance. For such an event is two-pronged: It is at once a statement of the love and honor between a father and his son, and a commentary on the high regard for His Word that is manifest among God’s people.
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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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17 Responses to Jerry and Two Bibles

  1. Scotti says:

    What a beautiful treasure and legacy to leave for your children!

    Many blessings to you,
    Scotti

  2. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Scotti–

    We’ll not have a lot of money for our children to inherit, Scotti, but you’re right about the legacy we will leave. Are we not blessed as children of God to recognize where lies authentic treasure.

    Thank you for reading here and for your comments.

  3. Kevin Hopper says:

    What an awesome gift! I have some of my dad’s notes from when he was the Youth Director for Bro. Layne in Fresno back in the ’60’s. He also gave me his Bible! O, if we young ones could some how open the good book and hear the same lessons/messages that were given so many years ago! That gift will be cherished and passed on I am sure. Bleesings to you and your family!

  4. Jana Allard says:

    Oh, how sweet. Brian’s dad has given each of his boys Bibles that he has read through many times. They truly are cherished possessions. Thanks for sharing this intimate moment.

  5. Shirley says:

    Good afternoon, Brother Hopper–

    I have said it before, but it is such a comfort to have godly young people coming behind us, that, when we older ones are gone, will continue in the good battle for righteousness.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and words.

  6. Shirley says:

    Jana–

    Include yourself in the remarks I made to Brother Hopper. And thank you for cherishing This Good Way, and God’s holy Word…and for being a friend to our family.

    Love you

  7. Mark Pryor says:

    Thanks for sharing this great post. There is nothing that is more special than that of passing on a Bible.

  8. Shirley says:

    Thank you, Brother Pryor, for your interest here and your comments.

    Blessings to all of you.

  9. writeathome says:

    What a wonderful gift! I’m sure that must have been a very moving moment, one of those defining moments, when your son opened it. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Carol,

    Yes, it was a very special time.

  11. Jana Allard says:

    If I may, let me add a little more. My little girl is only six years old but she carries a small, pink, New Testament in her purse. One of my great pleasures is driving down the road and hear her sounding out words as she reads her little Bible.

  12. Shirley says:

    Jana, thank you for adding this.

    It is far more than cute (as some people would call it) that your baby daughter carries a tiny Bible in her purse, and that from God’s Word, she is learning to read. You and Brian have given her an absolutely priceless gift by introducing her to God and to His Word. The older I get, the more I understand how privileged are God’s people, and as are the children who grow up with His precepts and principles as a natural part of their lives.

  13. Loys says:

    Shirley and Jerry: What a gift, something tangible but the gift of your life devoted to God even speaks louder. I know that feeling of a read – worn Bible, I still treasure one I made notes in at FBC Houston where John Bisagno was pastor. I sat under his teaching for 20 of the 30 years he was pastor. I still reference the notes when I’m faced or someone else with life issues looking for answers. Even as I continue to study God’s word I remember his teachings and the rightly dividing of the word he so eloquently presented each Sunday. You guys are a blessing to many, thank you for sharing.

  14. Yvette says:

    What a wonderful gift to leave to your son. This story touched my heart, and reminds me that the true riches we have in this world is the word of God.
    Not only is Jerry passing on his most cherised item, the word, but also part of him.

  15. tommyjoe says:

    Can I have Bro. Jerry’s “newer Bible” once he gets through with notes in it (no matter how long it takes for that)? What a great gift (and great moment) for your son. I can only imagine how he’ll treasure that.

  16. tommyjoe says:

    Oh, and neat-looking hotel room too!

  17. Shirley says:

    LOYS–

    There’s nothing like experience, is there? Nothing can replace having lived long lives wrapped up in the things of God. It gives us marked-up treasured Bibles and memories that we will forever treasure. It gives us a rich and deep appreciation for God and for His ministry; indeed for all His people.

    YVETTE–thank you for your kind words. All of us have the opportunity to impact our families and our friends. I’m sure you are doing that by emphasizing your love for God and for His Word.

    TOMMYJOE–When husband reads this, he will have to be the one to respond to your request. And yes, the hotel was really nice–right on the water. San Diego is a spectacular city.

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