Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Week 3: Promise

 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  Matthew 1:21

Last Saturday I had the joy of watching our youngest daughter make a promise to her fiancĂ© and become his wife.  We all make promises and sometimes we keep those promises and sometimes circumstances prevent us from keeping promises even though everything in us wants to keep them.  At other times, we are selfish and do not want to keep our promises.  We are human, and we fail sometimes; we can’t help it.  As I was watching my daughter and son- in –law say their vows I was reminded that people will let us down sometimes.  At some point, one of them may disappoint the other by making a promise they can’t keep. Over the years, I have made made some promises to my own husband that I could not keep.  As long as we are human, there will be broken promises. But God… God will never break his promises.  He will not ever let us down.  At the dawn of creation and all through Jewish History God kept reminding his people that he would send his son to fix what was broken.  God kept that promise when he sent Jesus.  It is because Jesus kept his promise, we can have genuine peace and hope; any promise we make can never give us true hope and peace.  At Christmas, it is good to remember that we can always trust God to keep his promises because he kept his promises past, present, and future; that can give us hope and peace at Christmas and all year. 

                                          Joy To The World"
Joy to the world
The lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world
The savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness
The wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders of his love
And wonders, and wonders
Of his love