Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Rest for your Soul

#17 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Stand by the roads and LOOK.

Ask about the ancient paths...
Look for the GOOD WAY.
Walk in it.
FIND rest for your SOUL.

Jeremiah 6:16

For the NON- ARTIST-
an easy way to add color
 and shape and highlight words
 for your margins
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Whom Shall I Fear?

# 16 Bible Marginalia Series- Sermon Notes

Visiting at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church
 in Kannapolis, NC for 
the Harvest Home Gathering
Time to sit early 
and look at this reading- 
part of the day's service.

Sketched out the margin 
with fine point - non bleeding Sharpie 
before the service.
Later in the day added the colored pencil.
Marking this day.
Marking this gift.
As the Lord speaks to my heart.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bible Marginalia- The J.S. Bach Bible

#15 in the Bible Marginalia Series

In her book Writing in the Margins, 
Lisa Hickman recounts this wonderful story
 of Bible Marginalia.

" In the 1830's Leonard Reichle's ancestors purchased
 a pile of old books in Philadelphia, one of them a Bible.
 A century later Reichle shared his family treasure 
with a visiting cousin, Lutheran pastor Christian Reidel. 
Upon opening the Bible, Reidel recognized the signature
 of a famous musician: Johann Sebastian Bach. 
Throughout the Bible more than three hundred marks
 in the text call attention to underlined passages, 
marks of emphasis, and statements written in the margins.
Occasionally, the marginalia named 
a typographical or grammatical error. 
More often, the marginalia revealed notations 
linking text to lyrical insights and music. 
More than one thousand works for
 chorus and instruments
 find their genesis somewhere in Bach's Bible between 
Genesis and Revelation.
 The Calov Bible, as this Bible came to be called, 
shows more than three hundred
 touch points of musical inspiration.
After being discovered by a pastor visiting his cousin,
Bach's Bible now resides at the 
Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis. (Missouri)

The Bible was a three-volume Bible 
of the seventeenth century that also contains
 commentary by Martin Luther 
as well as theological reflections from a professor, Abraham Calovius."
p. 58-59

The Calov Bible was made famous with the discovery of this long-lost copy
 that had once belonged to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach
At the time of his death, the inventory of Bach's library specified
 ownership of Calovii Schriften (writings of Calovius). 
It was not known until the 20th century what these writings were.

 A bit more of the story here-Bach-Bible

The main point that Hickman brings forward
 is that it was in the margins of his Bible
 where Bach struggled with his world 
meeting the WORD.
He made notes for his thinking
 about music and God's Word.
In this space a genius mind
 worked out the scriptural discipline
and his life calling-his vocation.
It is where a sacred song was written.

Though it is unlikely our Bibles
 will be kept in a rare book library someday,
 they certainly can be a blessing 
to the generations to come after us. May each mark in our own Bibles
 signal the strokes of our own time of  
worship of our Creator God.

(Concordia Seminary is where my husband graduated from,
and was blessed to see this Bible
in the rare book library there in St. Louis.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bible Marginalia- to the ends of the Earth

#14 in the Bible Marginalia Series

"I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.
....and they began rejoicing, 
and glorifying the word of the Lord, 
and as many as were appointed
 to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was spreading 
throughout the whole region."
Act 13: 47-49

We live as His chosen people, that we may share the 
Good News of Jesus with others.

Sharpie fine point - non-bleeding marker
 and colored pencils

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Call to ME

#13 in the Bible Marginalia Series

This covenant relationship

of trust and peace

brings understanding.

An inkling of the depth 

of what our Father desires to

share with us,

when we call on HIM.

Process- Simply used water color in block spaces. 
Let dry. Added the lettering.
Fine point Sharpie marker- non-bleeding.
A simple way to add color to the margin.

Richmond Hill Respite











Morning Light
 the Ben Campbell Window

Always a soul respite 
at Richmond Hill
Retreat Center
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Amazing Grace

#12 in the Bible Marginalia Series

1 Peter 3: 21

The flood is a figure of Baptism.
in each case, water saves.
The world was cleansed when Noah
 and his family were lifted up by the flood. 
Baptism cleanses us and raises us to new life.
By grace, Baptism is a means of salvation
 through which the Holy Spirit produces faith.
We are forgiven and holy because of Christ.
That forgiveness is applied to us in Baptism. 
The life we are given in Baptism
 was earned by Christ.
(adapted from notes- Lutheran Study Bible)

Printed journaling cut out
Heart punch is from a magazine page
 Sharpie fine-point marker- non-bleeding
Colored pencils