Last week our son visited. Happened to be here on Sunday so he went to church with us. Before leaving the house, he asked about this particular church. Whether there were bibles in the pews. We looked at each other in puzzlement and wanted to know why he’d ask such a question.
There was a good reason. He wanted to know whether he should bring his own bible or whether there were bibles already in the pews for those people who wanted to look up passages the pastor was referring to. We didn’t know the answer to that question because we don’t look up passages, we just listen. (Hey, at least we don’t sleep!)
He’s a Regional Pastor. In his job he travels constantly to churches in many states. When visiting churches he wants to be able to smoothly handle different ways of doing things so if the church doesn’t provide pew bibles, he wants to have his own. But carrying several bibles (to have whatever bible that particular church prefers) would add to the weight of his luggage and airlines charge per pound of extra weight. Several bibles equals several extra pounds and many extra dollars.
So, that Sunday he pulled his Kindle from his suitcase. He had all the bibles he could ever need right in that one, small device. Along with all the reading matter his job requires. And several novels to choose from when he’s done working.
And here I thought Kindles were only for enjoyment. Mine takes the place of the library I gave away when we moved into a house too small for all those books. Doesn’t matter now, I’m quickly gathering a new library. A more extensive one. And all in that one, small device that fits in my purse.
This isn’t a plug for Kindles per se, instead it’s a plug for progress in the form of any electronic device that makes life easier and fuller without adding to the mental and physical clutter that present day life involves. And Kindles, Nooks and all other electronic readers do just that.
Long live Kindles!