I actually looked fondly at the old blue stapler. Mom somehow managed to pack it in a box of things she wanted to take with her when she moved to live with me. The stapler was of all metal construction and the paint was worn down to bare metal where the fingers used it. With great reluctance I put it in the trash. It was hopelessly jammed and no one carries staples to fit it anymore. How in the world, I thought, can throwing an old stapler away be difficult? It was part of Mom.
My little, soft and worn leather-covered Scofield Bible is falling apart. Some pages have holes in them. It was a gift from a sweet friend in 1967. The flyleaf says: “in honor of your graduation, June 2, 1967.” and is followed by some rhyming lines
This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.
It would break my heart to throw this book away! Yet, it is too fragile for frequent use any more. Some people say that it is full of archaic and obsolete words. Really? How do words become obsolete? The dictionary is always growing and new words are added every year. The older words remain but in italics are delegated to the category, archaic, or obsolete. They are lovely, but not frequently used any more.
Last Sunday my pastor used I Corinthians 16:13 in his sermon. “. . . quit ye like men. . .” it states. Pastor did not say the word was obsolete. He simply gave us the definition. The context of the sentence easily tells us what it means anyhow. It means, “Conduct, or behave” and my college dictionary says that it is archaic. I think I’ll keep that word.
Psalm 119, as I have stated before, contains a reference to the Word of God in nearly every verse. Two of those verses are firmly planted in my heart: “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee” (verse 11) and “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Verse 105). We should know Psalm 23. We should know it in the Authorized King James Version. “He leadeth me. . .” and that Good Shepherd uses his Word for that guidance.
Those old words, thee and thy and thou, are musical and beautiful. The Word of God is part of me. I hope that when my children look at my Bible, they will say, It is part of Mom.