My name is engraved on a very special Bible. It is important to me, not because it is more beautiful than my other Bibles, but because of the precious hearts that presented it to me. Given to me by my children at a time of extreme grief (the death of my husband and their father), they knew it would bring me hope and encouragement.
Through its thin pages, I learned to cling to the cross of Christ and His love as I read and studied it day after day. In time, I understood how precious the gentle hands of Jesus were as He embraced me through that Bible. With hands that were deeply cut for me, He desired to reveal a love beyond comprehension. And He used an intense time of grief and pain to prove that love by the marks on His hands.
His engraving, that cutting, included my name and the names of all those who receive His grace and mercy through baptism. Using even our difficult times as vessels of grace, we are enabled to view His engraved hands as the means of receiving His greatest gift – the salvation of our souls.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for being willing to engrave me in Your hands when you endured the pain and grief of the cross. As a result of that engraving, may I always know that I am Yours and You are mine. Amen.