Friend Loses Joanna’s Bible With Note From Dad. Years Later, Truth Leaves Her Without Words
Noelle Talmon 11/14/2017
Some presents that parents give their children are extra special and very meaningful. Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper received such a gift from her father several years ago. Her dad embossed her name on the cover of a pocket-sized Bible and wrote a special note inside.
Joanna received the gift prior to going to New York City to spend a semester in college. It was one of her prized possessions, and she expected to have it forever. She wrote about the gift in her and husband Chip's magazine, The Magnolia Journal.
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According to People, Joanna explained in the "Notes from Jo" column:
"This gift from my dad was his way of telling me, ‘You've got this.' And I believed him."
While spending time away from her family, Joanna carried the Bible with her everywhere and reread the note her father penned at least 100 times.
After she went back to Texas, Joanna decided to lend the Bible to a friend who was traveling to Boston for a mission trip. It was a difficult decision, but Joanna felt it was the right thing to do. She explained in the article:
"It had become one of my most valued possessions. I turned to it whenever I was feeling anxious or needed to be comforted. I, of course, lent it to her."
Unfortunately, her friend lost the Bible. Joanna was devastated. She decided to purchase the same exact Bible, and her dad wrote a similar note inside. However, it didn't have the same feeling of the original Bible her father gave her.
Then something happened years later that reunited Joanna with the precious gift.
She and Chip reconnected with an old acquaintance in Boston, and he asked her what her father called her. When she answered, "Jojo," the man was delighted.
He was serving as a mentor to a man who somehow came across Joanna's Bible and was stirred by the handwritten note inside. At last, the book was returned to Joanna, and she once again carries it with her wherever she goes. According to People, she explained:
"The fact that my dad's letter, left behind hundreds of miles away found its way back to me continues to leave me awestruck. I choose not to question or analyze it."
It's pretty miraculous that the Bible Joanna treasured so much managed to find its way back into her hands after all these years.