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Deleting Mrs. Trembley

Daily Devotional for October 25, 2016

Read: Revelation 21:22-27

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Willow swallowed hard. Ever since Dad had helped her set up her paper route accounts on the computer, she had tried to keep them up to date. But now she appeared anything but businesslike as her finger hovered over the delete key. The account on the computer screen was that of one of her customers--Mrs. Trembley. The name glowed with a special brightness--or so it seemed to Willow. As she stared at it, she tried hard not to cry. "Mrs. Elizabeth C. Trembley, 288 Fox Street, Faris, Iowa," Willow murmured. She swallowed again and then punched the key. The computer screen went blank for a moment, then returned to the home page. The account was gone forever--just like Mrs. Trembley.

A tear slid down Willow's cheek as Mom came into the room. "Oh, honey, what's wrong?" asked Mom.

Willow gulped. "I erased Mrs. Trembley." She gestured toward the computer as she brushed a tear away with the back of her hand. "I feel so sad about it, Mom. She was the nicest person on my paper route." Mom nodded. Mrs. Trembley had been a real friend to Willow, but the kind, elderly lady had died of a heart attack a couple weeks earlier. "When I pushed the delete button, I felt like I was erasing Mrs. Trembley's life," added Willow faintly.

"You told me Mrs. Trembley was a Christian, didn't you?" asked Mom.

Willow nodded. "She said she accepted Jesus when she was a little girl."

"Then Mrs. Trembley is safe with the Lord," Mom said. "Her name is written in the Book of Life, and it will never be deleted." Mom gave Willow a hug. "You deleted Mrs. Trembley's name from the computer, but no one will ever erase her name from God's records."

"I know." Willow smiled as she thought about that. She sighed, but she felt a bit better. "I'm glad. And I know I'll see Mrs. Trembley again someday, because my name is written in God's book, too." Carol J. Brookman

Is your name written in God’s record book—the Book of Life? If it is, it will never be erased. Do you trust Jesus as your Savior? If you do, your name is written in the Book of Life, and you will have eternal life with God! If not, see the ABCs of Salvation on page 109 and decide whether you want Him to be your Savior today.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Revelation 21:27 (NIV) (KJV)
Nothing impure will ever enter [heaven]…but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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