A Permanent Record

I will never blot out his name from the book of life.
Revelation 3:5

Have you ever seen an autograph book? They were popular in the 1940s when I was in grammar school.

At the end of each school year, I bought a new book. My friends signed their names and wrote about events and fun times we had experienced together. Some classmates composed poems and others included jokes. At that time, I cherished those books and looked at them often during my summer vacations. But when I entered high school, I discarded them. I wish I had kept some of them. Now all of those memories are gone.

Jesus has a unique kind of autograph book—the Lamb’s Book of Life. No one has seen it, and only He can write in it. Best of all, He promises never to throw it away.

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, He excitedly engraves our names in His everlasting Book of Life and assures us that our names will be visible to Him forever.

Our Decision

Through trials and heartaches,
Sickness and pain,
There’s One who upholds us
With His precious name.
He lifts all our burdens,
Lightens each care;
When we call out His name,
He always is there.
He never forsakes us,
He stays at our side.
Though at times He seems silent,
His arms open wide.
He continues to love us
In spite of our sin,
But it’s we who decide
If we’ll welcome Him in.

Your Turn

Join the conversation by adding your comments below.

What kind of permanent records do you keep?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: www.francesgregorypasch.com Check out her new Community Page. Follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.