Once, years ago, I ran into someone who was highly offended when anyone wrote in their Bible. I think this was taking reverence to an unhealthy extreme. I use my Bible, it becomes part of who I am. I can trace my spiritual journey by looking at pages, notes and highlights. I try to date when I read things so I can remember different emotions and fascinations.
The side of my (currently) favorite Bible as this phrase written on the side. "Eat this Book" is a subtle nod to Eugene Peterson while also reminding me of the prophetic role of scripture reading. Scripture should be consumed through every multiplicity imagined. We memorise it, recite it, read it together, hide it in our hearts...we totally consume it.
Just as fried foods, or to much roughage or sno cones (points to anyone who names what this does!!) can change the way we feel or our bodies operate, the way we let scripture flow through our bodies changes us. Reading can make us better people or focused on something to an extreme. When read in community and within tradition it conforms us to the patterns of the Church. When read in isolation and fear it shores up our own unGodliness. Following the metaphor of food, scripture affects our total being. It must be consumed responsibly. But bottom line...it changes us.
So write in your Bibles...remember when, why and how you read. Share it with others. Use the book until it must be replaced. Then cherish and hold it high as a marker along your path to sanctification. Work through, struggle and wrestle with the hard places. Scripture will change you, that is one of the scary things about reading it.
Mark your journey. Write in your Bibles...