Wednesday, November 19, 2008

do the "write" thing

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.


Tonya said...

Very cool!! That is something that you will remember forever, and can chare with your grandchildren some day! :)

Heather said...

How cool! (I can pick out that handwriting anywhere!)

Becky said...

WOW that is so cool that you took the time to do that- I am really jealous. I just checked their web and they have already been in GR, MI so I cant do it :( I am very proud of you and what a great way to pass on the Bible to your future generations. Love- Becky

Erin said...

Fun, fun! I'll be looking out for the printed edition and look up your verse. Way to go!

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C and G said...

This is so cool! And good marketing :) but mostly just cool. They are going to be in Salem on January 29 . . . I'll have to see if I can find someone to go with me . . .

Anonymous said...

awesome guys!! Did you get to keep the pen?!
sa3k :)