Are we visiting in a home, sitting at the fireside, ministering at a hospital bed? Wherever we are, we are there as Ministers of the Word of God with the aim of bowing under the truth the Word declares. Like a doctor who pays a house-call with his “bag of tricks” in his hand, so we go into people’s houses Bible in hand. This is what we have come to bring; that is what we are for. How well I remember my early days in ministry, before I learned the importance of ‘the Bible in the hand’, desperately trying to ‘bring the conversation round’ to the point where it would be natural to fetch my pocket Bible out of my pocket! Bible in hand, the situation is reversed: those we visit are waiting for the moment when the book will be opened! But the material point is, that is what we are for: to ‘open the Book’. A lady said to me, speaking of the Minister at her church who had just moved on: “I don’t know what we will do without Mr. X. He used to explain the Bible to us.” An epitaph to be coveted!