Just about five years ago, Dr. Floyd Perkins, Nazarene Missionary and Bible College Professor, passed away. Dr. Perkins affected my life when he was my guide and host on a trip to Mozambique, 40 years ago. The story comes from one of his granddaughters.
Subject: Grandpa’s Bible
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:39:01 -0700
My grandfather, a wonderful Christian and professor at the Bible College, died just a month ago. Today, I learned something wonderful about the influence of grandpa’s life.
When I got to church this morning, my friend Chris came up and gave me a big hug. She had tears in her eyes. I knew she had something on her heart. Then she told me a wonderful story.
When my grandpa and grandma moved out of their house on Lyle Drive, Chris, her husband Jose, and their 3 boys moved in. They rented the house for four years. While there, Jose, (Chris’ husband) made a discovery. In grandpa’s old office, hidden away in a bookshelf was a well-worn Bible.
Now, Jose was not a Christian at that time. It was hard on their marriage, which was rocky at best. Chris was called to be a full time children’s pastor, but her husband was an unbeliever.
But Jose found my grandpa’s Bible. As he turned the pages, he was amazed. The margins of the Bible were filled with notes. I know this is true. All of grandpa’s Bibles were filled with notes. He would fill up one Bible and get another.
In this old Bible, the margins were filled with prayers for family members, dates and notes about what was happening in his life, how God had touched him, there were even sermon notes. Jose said that on every page there was something underlined. Jose’s response to this was “this Bible had been loved on.”
He realized that the person who had that Bible had a dynamic relationship with Jesus. It touched him in a deep way. Only a few days after finding that Bible, fifteen years into his marriage, Jose knelt with his wife in the living room of my grandpa and grandma’s old house. Jose asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.
Jose had seen grandpa’s spiritual home in the margins of that old Bible. He wanted a home like that.
The Scripture says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Epilogue: From the granddaughter,
That story really made me think. What an influence Grandpa had on so many people. His life and his commitment to Christ and to studying God’s Word impacted so many people; maybe in ways we will never know.
It also made me think about my Bible. If someone found it, what would they say about it? Is it a book that could be described as “loved on?” Or does it look like it did when it came out of the shrink-wrap? I am recommitting myself today to read my Bible daily. I think that love of study, love of Jesus, love of people, are the best gift grandpa gave us. That is something that we all can carry with us in our hearts.