What is Bible Journaling?
Traditionally, marginalia (the ancient term) is anything tucked into the white space between and beside lines of text. It includes annotations, expansions, corrections, connections, additions, interactions, decorations, illustrations, and questions. The word marginalia comes from the Latin word margo, meaning boundary, space, comfort, allowance, or cushion.
Marginalia is how we talk back to books. Many people have written in the margins or marked in our school textbooks, or other reading material to help us remember or learn the material?
It’s about reflection, not perfection.
Connecting with the Word visually, kinesthetically, creatively, intimately - there is no right or wrong.
In Bible Journaling, it is words, marks, drawings, and decorations written along the margins of the Bible to connect the heart, mind and soul with God's Word. Bible Journaling is all this and more!
The Bible holds the Word of God, so it has to be respected but the book is not holier than God. God invites us to meet Him in the Word, gifts us with faith and offers grace for our feeble attempts at response.
Writing in a Bible is not a new thing. Medieval scribes illuminated manuscripts, surrounding texts with intricate and symbolic pictures and patterns, allowing an illiterate population to understand some of the story they could not read.
There are multiple selections widely available of Journaling Bibles, with a variety of choices in processing styles.
Why journal in a Bible?
- as an act of worship
- documenting your walk with God
- connecting His Word to your life
- telling your story
- See & Remember
- leave a legacy for those who follow
- creating a gift for those you love
- using your gifts to glorify God
- Read- Reflect-Respond-Reach Out
- the response is an invitation to tarry, God invites us to "be still", linger, and respond
- three categories of Bible Journaling Responses
Rev. John Saleska- In Tribute
"Rev. John Saleska, whom God adopted as his own beloved child at his Baptism, now rests with Jesus. John and his faithful wife of 63 years Sallie, had 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren! He taught the Scriptures to countless people—the calling he loved the most. He will be remembered for his unbelievable ability to memorize and recite passages of Scripture."
This is the photo that I saw in a church publication right when I first heard about Bible Journaling. A man with his well-loved Bible, full of notes in the margins and highlighted passages everywhere. His well-loved and well-used Bible shows a long history of Bible Journaling! This is the photo that "gave me permission" to explore more things about Bible Journaling and for that I am forever grateful. Connie Denninger
Adapted from info from the Saleska family. Photo credit to- Jeffrey Phelps.