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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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