In October I wrote about my family Bible before I took it to a local bookbinder to repair it. The front cover was completely detached as were a number of the first pages including details of births, marriages and deaths in the family from the latter part of the 19th century. The spine had almost crumbled away and the detached pages were flaking away. The metal clasps wouldn’t fasten.
Yesterday I collected the restored Bible, all in one piece, complete with new spine. The metal clasps now fasten and the leather has been treated revealing the gold lettering.
The bookbinder found the bookmark inside the Bible. I think the words are very appropriate for a Family Bible:
Though some perhaps of the kindred band,
Are scattered far and wide,
And some we love, in the better land
Are keeping this Christmas tide;
Yet all may join in one song today,
The song that can never cease,
And heart meet heart while we kneel and pray,
God give us His love and peace.