Treasure Chest Thursday

7/8/2010 4 comment(s)

My Aunt Dorris shares her Mother's Bible
Many of you know I recently spent some time with my Great Aunt, who by the way is 97 years young! She is alert, independent, gracious and sharp. I had not seen her since I was a little girl, but we visited as if we had seen each other last week.

During my stay, she shared with me her Mother’s Bible. Her mother, Cora Tinsley Martin, was born in 1893 and is the focus of my ongoing inquiry into Father Divine and the International Peace Mission. Who's that, you say? Read here if you puzzled.

Aunt Dorris keeps meticulous records and when the subject of her Mother’s handwriting came up, she retrieved this invaluable heirloom, which in the margin has notes written by her mother. Aware of its value she keeps this bible, secured in plastic, away from the sun, dust or other perils. The pages are torn and tattered, the spine detached from its binding, but all I could think about was that this Bible belonged to my Great-Grandmother. She clearly studied it, noted it, prayed with it and then saw fit to send it back home to her daughter.

Aunt Dorris doesn’t need anyone to tell her the value of this heirloom, as although she shared this beauty with me, she made sure I did not handle it! And that was just fine with me. I was honored and grateful that she shared her most prized family antique with me and all of the stories that went along with it.



Michelle Goodrum Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:46:07 AM
What a special day you had. I've got goosebumps!
Leslie Ann Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:46:50 AM
What a wonderful treasure!
Isn't that weird how when you haven't seen someone for ages, and when you finally do it feels like just yesterday when you were with them.
Tom McKnight Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:47:19 AM
Good Morning Amy; Good Morning Reconnected Roots Family,

Thanks for sharing this wonderfully spiritual moment, story, generational and spiritual reunion. Artifacts and personal possessions, especially Family Bibles are the physical accounts of loved one's lives we require as researchers and historians to keep the embers and the torches of our heritage and traditional flames alive. They are bridges between heavenly and earthly events, trails and discoveries. For most, family Bibles are the elusive gold nuggets that few have the fortune of finding. When found, they become priceless treasures. Congratulations! The fact that Auntie has kept this so close to her (heart) and able to share the information is a blessing in of itself; is, and was, meant to be and is a nudger that you must continue the search that will bridge the past with the present and positively impact the future. Thanks for sharing the joys of this trip; a vacation and generational bridging and spiritual journey that was guided by God and the ancestors - very much needed and well deserved. Peace, Love and Strength. Tom
Clarence Haggins Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:49:55 AM
All you guys made me cry with pride. I see her everyday and know that I am blesed to have my mom still independent and STILL MOM. Even though I too am a senior citizen.

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