Going to Albuquerque

In this installment I would like to honor the many correspondences that I have received since the May 11 Last Word event. There have been numerous notes of congratulations. Some were simply curious; and all were kind, well almost all. Letters flowed in from the many corners of the world wishing to share with me what were their particular interests in the Bible. With some I could easily resonate. With others I felt as if I were way out in left field. In the end it was easy to see that all were interested in making contact with something that is larger than they are.

For a month or two I was responding to requests to be interviewed on at least two radio shows per week. On one show I was scheduled for a fifteen-minute segment. The host and I ended up going so deep that we extended the segment to the entire hour. I have made so many friends in the far-flung distances that I am actually trying to figure out how I can begin traveling again. It may be a daunting task, but in my heart of hearts I believe it’s doable.

I have to say that the most touching correspondence thus far is one from a single father in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Part of his interest in The Plain Bible project is his want to become a better man. He has therefore embarked on his own journey to hand-write the bible. I’m not sure which version he will choose, but he has already made a hearty investment in the materials he will need. He’s definitely done his homework. We’ve spoken on the phone a number of times. It gladdens my heart to find someone who is passionate enough to look toward the writing of the bible as a means of rounding out the spiritual tug of the universe.

My journey with The Plain Bible project, now that the final words have been written, is the lazy stage of stitching and binding. I say lazy because there are long periods of waiting – often days. One waits for the spine of the volumes to be significantly reduced in the press. That could take a day or more. One waits for glue to dry in the press – more days. I have to admit that I’m enjoying this part of the process because I’ve been told that I need to take more rest. It’s all going better than it was when I last checked in, such that I have a whole other project going on while I wait for the multiple stages of the process to complete themselves.

It might be fun in the future to see how my friend is making out in Albuquerque with the beginning of the process while at the same time tracking the end of my process here in Columbia County. In the meantime, continue to enjoy Laura’s photographs.

As published in the October 2013 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York.