When I graduated from high school, my pastor gave me the book “Every Day with the Psalms” as a graduation gift. I appreciated the thought, but it was an unassuming book. I was not very interested in the content so on the shelf it went with the other books. Don’t get me wrong, It wasn’t that I disliked it. I just had more important things on my mind at the time
Sometime later, I began to realize that my life wasn’t where it should be. I began looking for ways to correct what I knew to be wrong. Pastor Carney was a man I respected and one of the few to have made a significant impact in my life. I remembered that he had given me this book and I went looking for it. Sadly, after multiple moves, it had been relegated to the world of storage boxes. It took me some time, but I eventually found it and began using it regularly.
Fast forward a few years. I was serving an apprenticeship and I was ready to work my first book completely through. I knew just the one. One book had served me well. It had waited patiently for me to begin reading it and to help me begin a bible study in an orderly and useful manner. It was now showing the signs that all well used books eventually show—bent corners, broken hinges, and scuff marks.