Can You Iron a Bible?

If you are going to spill coffee on your Bible, Leviticus is a good place for it to land.  Leviticus is an important book in the Bible, but it is not where I spend most of my Bible study time.

So, this morning I got up early to finish off Leviticus with my morning cup of coffee.  My hands have become less capable in recent months, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I tipped the coffee cup.

But I panicked.  I love my Bible, and this was a mess.  I mopped and sopped as best I could, but there were pages that were wet.  I have a really good Cambridge Bible, so the pages are strong.  The gold edges did help keep some moisture out, but it was still awful.  What to do?

By chance, or I believe Providence, the ironing board and iron were still set up from ironing my husband’s shirts.  Why not, I thought.  It is worth a try.

I set the iron on the lowest setting and went to work.  The first few pages had the most damage, so I took a few minutes drying them.  It seemed to be working.   I then ironed right on through Joshua, one page at a time.  It was quick after those first few pages.

The damage past Joshua was less, so I started ironing sections.  Over an hour later, I went back to Leviticus, my Bible rescued.

I won’t ever forget where I was reading when the coffee catastrophe happened.   That page has a coffee stain, but it is light and the page is in good shape.  I don’t have a super spiritual connection to make from my morning activities, but I do know that while I was ironing I thought about and prayed for the Christians around the world who don’t have a personal copy of God’s Word. I envisioned the tattered books shared by Christians around the world, and I knew those Christians would understand why I resorted to ironing to save my Bible.  I remembered the sacrifices made to share His Book, and I was thankful that I could salvage my copy.

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My favorite Bible is in good shape as it rests weighed down by the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance this afternoon.  (I thought that was a good step to take after the ironing.)  I didn’t finish Leviticus, but I was able to read through chapter 23.  The finale will have to wait for tomorrow.  I may skip the coffee.

God’s Word is precious, and God gave it for us to study and as a pattern for life.  He didn’t intend for it to remain in pristine condition displayed on a bookshelf.  I guess that means that sometimes it gets baptized in coffee.

By the way, the answer to the question in the title is a resounding ‘Yes’!

Luke 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

 Proverbs 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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2 comments on “Can You Iron a Bible?”
  1. anitashope says:

    What a wonderful story. It made me smile and I know that between you and God that will be a special memory. I am sure he chuckled as well…probably the one who gave you the idea to iron. I agree that Leviticus is a challenging but necessary read.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      I truly believe that our Father has a sense of humor.

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