My wife and I are Jehovah’s Witnesses. For many years we attended a small congregation near my hometown. The Kingdom Hall was small, with perhaps 60 or so who attended regularly. Years later, when we returned for a visit, my grandmother often would accompany us to the congregation’s weeknight meeting.
If you’ve ever been to a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses then you know the Bible is used frequently, and back in the day before tablets and smartphones, you could hear pages turn as dozens of people would search back and forth for particular scriptures in their Bibles.
My grandmother knew her Bible well, but in her early 90s, and with too much arthritis in her fingers, she found herself falling behind a scripture or two as the meeting progressed.
In one particular segment the sound of pages turning grew louder as we ventured from scripture to scripture rather quickly.
Grandma, sitting beside me, stopped turning the pages in her Bible, lifted her head, and just loud enough for nearly everyone in the Kingdom Hall to hear, said what seemed obvious to her.
Good Lord! Are we going to read the whole Bible tonight?
Senior citizens often speak louder than normal because their hearing is impaired. Often they speak what’s on their minds. At least half the adults in the Kingdom Hall turned their heads as if to acknowledge grandma’s insight into the volume of scriptures used during the talk, but also smiled that comfortable smile of acceptance.
Meanwhile, grandma turned back to the Bible and tried to catch up.
Nothing more was said about the moment and nothing more needed to be said. Everyone understood. You can’t read the whole Bible in one night.