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Promises

“O promise me, that someday you and I will
take our love together to some sky, 
Where we can be alone and faith renew… Oh
promise me, Oh promise me….”
These lyrics were written
in 1887, and used at weddings until about 1970’s.  This declaration of promise was the standard
song to sing when I was asked to sing at a wedding.  I often wondered about the word ‘promise’ and
the finality of commitment and trust that it contains.  What a lovely thought – romantic and
peaceful. 
Promises are serious,
just ask any child who has had a broken promise to live through with her
parents either by the child or the parents. 
A broken promise is more than words.  A broken promise creates a crevice of hurt and
betrayal between two people.  A broken promise
can tear the fabric of a family apart. 
No matter how the moirés of culture try to change the act of marriage.  Being married fifty years or more becomes a
matter of celebration.  It signifies a promise
made before God and man, kept through times of sorrow, times of hurt and times
of complete joy.
Yesterday I wished my
brother, Happy Birthday, and realized the longevity of our relationship.  I don’t remember a cross word between
us.  Eight score years plus, and our
relationship is based on truth, and unwritten promise of family love. My
husband will celebrate 64 years of marriage in February.  Longevity of relationships happen through the
love of God.
But there is another
relationship that is built on a promise, a commitment.  The promise I made when I was eight years old
to love the Lord my God with all my heart, all of my mind and all of my soul.  Often I strayed from living my promise to
God, yet I always return to the One who loved me first. 
You, Oh, God, have loved
me, taught me and led me in your Way.  Your
promises fill me with joy as I live expectantly and relish all Your promises.  You spoke the universe and our earth into
being.  You have given your promises in
your Word – your Words.  I believe.  I trust. 
I have faith.  I live expectantly
in Hope each day and give praise through the darkest times.
The verses of John 14
have given me so much joy when troubles threaten to over come me. 
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God,
and trust also in me.
 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this
were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
 When
everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with
me where I am.
  And you
know the way to where I am going.”  John
14:1-4
Promises our God will
keep and has kept increase our Love and Faith. 
Does the world seem unsure?  Do
troubles overwhelm?  There is a surety
with faith in God.  When we are sealed to
God through the blood of Jesus, we are His.   
† – And I am convinced
that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today
nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in
the earth below—indeed, nothing in
all creation will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
The following are
promises we can rely on and believe. 
Read and rejoice in the One who loves us so.
† – For all of God’s
promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through
Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.   2 Corinthians
1:20
† –My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
† – For I
know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not
for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11
† – “Come
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my
yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you
will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
† – But those who trust in
the Lord will find new
strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.
  They will run
and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31
† – And
this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious
riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19
† – “I am
leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift
the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.  John 14:27
† – For the
wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ
Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23
† – But all
who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”  Proverbs 1:33
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us
great and precious promises.
† – May God give you more
and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our
Lord.
† – By his
divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We
have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to
himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
  These
are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the
world’s corruption caused by human desires.
  2 Peter 2:4

Each promise we find in His Word is a jewel that
makes our lives sparkle with Joy and Hope and Peace.  May our Blessed God be glorified!



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