Mother's Day Devotion
Tattered and Torn
By Cathy Irvin
Have your ever had something of great value wear out?
Maybe it was torn, stained, or falling to pieces. Whatever the
item might have been, if it was worn out, you usually threw it
When my mother passed away many years ago, I found her Bible.
The pages had become loose from the binding and a piece of leather
was torn off one corner. Some of the pages were curled up on the
edges. But inside she had pretty bookmarkers and little notes.
Many years ago, I had led my mother to the Lord. When she got
her Bible, she used it. The more she used it, the more it began
to show wear. However, the knowledge of what was written in those
pages was forever engraved upon her heart.
As I looked through her Bible, I could not throw it away, nor
could I give it away in its condition. So I carefully wrapped
it in some silk material of hers and took it home to make it a
part of my treasured books in my library. I thought of how special
this particular Bible was to me. It was part of the life I had
with my mother. I shared Christ with her so she would come to
know Him in the quietness of her days and evenings, and she loved
the Lord. I could picture her sitting and reading her Bible, so
tattered and torn, perhaps reading the Scripture where the bookmarks
fell among the pages. I would sit and read those verses:
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin
against you (Psalm 119:11).
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path
My mother was a “living epistle” of God’s grace
in her life. Although her body wore out, her heart was brand new,
without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. She had made herself ready
as a part of the bride of Christ.
“And to present her to himself as a radiant church,
without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and
blameless” (Ephesians 5:27).
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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.
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