Our remote
This is the remote used last night to delete every show and movie we had on our DVR. That was obviously not on purpose!

Last night, tragedy struck.

Matt and I had just finished watching a movie we had DVR’d, and we decided to go through all of our movies in the DVR queue to make room for more. Our HD quota was running short, so Matt began to delete a few episodes of shows the kids were likely not going to watch.

Normally, you just have to click delete, and it will ask you “Are you sure?” For some reason, this time Matt was requested to enter a password and then confirm the delete again.

The moment he hit the final “yes”, I knew something was wrong. As Matt went back to live TV, I blurted out in fear, “Matt, I think you just erased everything!”

He looked at me like I was crazy and assured me I was wrong. To prove his point, Matt clicked back in to show me our DVR list.

And, it was empty.

The house was completely silent as we stared at the TV screen, and then at each other.

Everything was gone. All the Star Wars, Bourne and Indiana Jones movies. All the kids’ favorites like “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, “Alladin” and “Up”. All the Christmas movies we recently recorded to watch this month. More than 30 hours of HD movies and many more SD shows disappeared into the electronic abyss.

I think my husband went into shock, as he quickly began pushing buttons on the remote in hopes that he could reverse what had just taken place. It was not to be. As I got ready for bed, Matt poured over the TV schedule trying to DVR replacements for what had just been deleted.

Though, initially, I was bummed we had lost many movies we really enjoyed, God quickly turned my thoughts to our advent-themed family devotions earlier that night.

Our Scripture focus was Luke 1:30-33:

Then the angel told her:  Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

God sent His Son into the world on Christmas to be our forever King. When we are discouraged and in need, it is Jesus we can go to and depend on because His love, mercy, faithfulness, forgiveness and victory never end.

After we read the Luke passage, we sang the song “Forever” with the kids and danced in praise to our Eternal King.

Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us

Heaven and earth, and even DVR’d movies, will pass away, but God’s Word and His Kingdom and His love for you and me will never fade. When we have given our lives to Jesus, there is absolutely nothing that can delete us from His family.

We are secure in Christ.

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