Henry reached a milestone this summer--he passed the swimming test to go off of the low diving board. The life guards mark their arms with an "L" if they can only go off the low board, and an "X" if they can go off the high diving board.
After taking the test twice, the life guard informed him that he doesn't have to take it everytime--they write the names of the children who have passed the test in a book. The next time he comes, Henry just has to tell the lifeguard his name, and they'll mark him with an "L". (He can keep taking the test to get to go off the high diving board).
It was a good opportunity to talk about another book--the Book of life.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Thanks, Lord, for marking us with a pen more permanent than the life guard's Sharpie.