by Polly Bergerson
We are hearing a lot about God’s promises lately! There are thousands of promises from God in the Bible. We read the word but often don’t think it applies to us; however, God’s promises are to be held in our hearts and mind because they will burst forth as soon as we need them. God is faithful: “For all the promises of God find their YES in Him (Christ). That is why we utter the Amen through Him, to the glory of God” 2 Corinthians 1:20.
Our daily prayers in Christ among others is “Amen” because He gives us purpose in life. In our church we invite all who believe in Christ to come to communion and the children are brought for a blessing. I love to look into a child’s eyes, put my hand on their shoulder and give them this blessing: “You are a child of God and live in His promises.” You can’t believe how blessed I was one day when a young boy looked directly back at me and responded “I know.”
It raises a question in me – what are the promises I have made and do the ones that receive the promise know I am faithful? Secondly, am I faithful?
Most of my promises revolve around my family, both close and extended. Some of the promises have proved to be challenging for me, but my prayer is that in the end I am faithful.
What I thought was the easiest promise I ever made was when I married; that promise to love each other through good and bad times. It has been 51 years and I have found you have to continue to work hard to live into that promise. There have been so many challenges, roadblocks, heartaches, illnesses, healings, growth, friendships, sadness, loss and commitment. As I think back now, I realize how naïve we were when we started our life together; we had no idea where that promise would lead, but, through God’s promises we are surviving. So, I know that the “Amen” in our lives continues to carry us through it all.
And, I know, just like that young child – I know that “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and strength, my God in whom I trust.” Psalm 92: 1,2.
I know – that God’s promises will carry me through all of my life! AMEN
Polly Bergerson is a Lay Minister at Prince of Peace and a member of the spiritual care team.