wow. i got to write a verse in a soon to be published copy of the NIV. my original handwritten rendition of deuteronomy 33:16 will be displayed in the smithsonian. it was really an honor to join with so many others in the bible across america experience and make history.
here is the podium with the paper and lines underneath to help guide where you write.
this is bonnie, your friendly, local, write the bible assistant
here i am copying my verse
and here it is!
16 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,on the brow of the prince among [a] his brothers
do you see it?
this certifies that sonny and i participated and specifies which verse is "ours". the copies should be for sale by christmas of '09. this was a super cool way to insure that at least 31,173 people will purchase this "new" NIV...they want to see their handwriting!
the most thrilling part of today was watching from behind the podium as person after person (mostly casady students) came up to copy a verse. it was so profound to see people get their hands on scripture. to really think about the history of the bible, its translation, and how we see it today. what bible across america gets to do is experience God's word as it has been for most of its life. written painstakingly by the human hand, carefully packed away, and then brought to the next community of people. it was a beautiful vision.