A Bible Instead of Bullets

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When, early this morning, I was reading my Bible and looking through some of my material, I came across a note I had scribbled in 1991. Taken from World Fibre is this story:

In the early hours of August 20th, Bible Society workers in Moscow were handing out Bibles. They ran out of New Testaments, and instead offered soldiers a colorful children’s Bible. Knowing he would have to hide the Bible from his superiors, and realizing his uniform had only one pocket large enough for the precious book, he hesitated a moment…then emptied his ammo pocket and shoved in the Bible. He went to the barricade with a Bible instead of with bullets.

I was so touched when I reviewed this account a few hours ago, and I thought long on this unknown young man who, because of his faith in the Bible, chose its physical presence over bullets that he would surely need. I have no idea of the end of this story and of this man, but I do know reading the account today reaffirmed my own love for the Bible. Not just the Word it contains, but the physical book and the comfort it may bring.

In preparation for posting here, as I searched for an image of a Bible, I found this wonderful story on Local6.com.

Pfc. Brendon Schweigart, 22, who is from Andover, was helping retrieve a tank in Iraq when he was hit by a sniper’s bullet earlier this month.

Schweigart said the bullet stopped right where the Bible was in his shirt pocket. “(The Bible) definitely prevented more serious injury, because if it wouldn’t have been there, it would have ricocheted off my bullet-proof plate and more than likely would have gone back into my chest, causing more damage,” Schweigart said.

Schweigart said he also thinks prayers from those in the United States helped him recover.The 22-year-old said he will stay in Iraq until his tour of duty is finished in winter. “Thanks for the prayers and the letters,” Schweigart said. “Everybody wishing me to be well and thanks everybody for the support.

How powerful is God’s Word…primarily for its truth, but at times for its physical presence.

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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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10 Responses to A Bible Instead of Bullets

  1. tommyjoe says:

    Mom gave a hearty “THAT’S RIGHT” to your closing statement. I agree and have to repeat it: How powerful is God’s Word . . . primarily for its truth, but at times for its physical presence too! Thank you, Jesus, for your Word!

  2. everlastinggoodnews says:

    That is precious, that the Bible was that important! We do not know what an offering will do, here in this country as well, where there is so much evident coldness against spiritual things. There are many who are thirsting for the Water of Life.

    Jonathan

  3. writeathome says:

    Thanks for sharing these awesome testimonies of the preciousness and power of the Word of God. There is no other book that can compare to the Bible!

  4. Tena says:

    Thanks for the reminder to not take for granted our freedom to own and possess as many bibles as we wish. Some day we could be faced with the dilemma of where to hide our bible. As for now, I will treasure my bibles and be appreciative and thankful that I may own them, freely.

    This also has made me think about how important it is for me to continually memorize the Word of God – hide it in our hearts that we might not sin against God – Ps. 119:11.

  5. Lou (Linda) says:

    The Bible, not only a spiritual shield, but often a physical shield as well. Amazing.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever officially thanked you for starting this devotional blog of yours. It has been a true source of inspiration and I enjoy reading it immensely. So, thank you!

  6. Shirley says:

    Thanks for your comments, and your reading here, everyone. I do appreciate it.

    Lou, you’re sweet, and you’re welcome.

  7. FANE AKAUOLA says:

    THE BIBLE IS MY LIFE BECAUSE I CAN FIND EVERYTHING I NEED.RIGHT NOW ME AND MY HUSBAND ARE SEPARATED BUT WHAT GOD WORDS SAY IN THE BIBLE.SO I PRAY TO HIM EVERYDAY AND READ THE BIBLE AND I TRUST HIM AND BELIVEING HIM AND WAITING TO HIM TO BRING BACK MY HUSBAND TO WE GET BACK TOGETHER.PLEASE IM ASKING IF ANYONE READ THIS PLEASE PRAY FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND PLEASE. AND I WOULD THANK FOR EVERYONE FOR EVERYTHING.
    MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE.
    LOVE FROM FANE

    Fane, thank you for taking the time to write here on this site.

    I have prayed for you tonight–for your marriage and for your husband. Keep trusting God and believing Him for this miracle.

    God’s blessings on you.

    Shirley

  8. FANE AKAUOLA says:

    DEAR SHIRLEY,
    THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
    LOVE FANE

  9. VALEVALE KAVA says:

    Hi. My name is Valevale Im 27years old married for 2years now. I like reading the Bible everyday my whole life. Please at the moment I have a diffcults time to deal with my married . I dont no what to do I want to divorced him because his cheating on me with the other lady. Please help me what am I going to do . He listen to his family much than me.

  10. LINA .VEA says:

    I want a HOLY SPIRT TO CONTROL MY LIFE.

    I WANT A WISTOM AN KNOWLEDGE.

    I WANT TO HEARING THIS RERDETION (RHEMA) .OR WORD OF GOD.

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