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Promises I Can and Can’t Make

December 17, 2012


When I was a child, I believed what I was promised.

If my mom promised me it was safe to play outside, I thought it was safe.

If my teachers promised me nothing bad would happen, I thought nothing bad would happen.

If an adult promised me there was nothing to worry, I thought there was nothing to worry about.

My children don’t have that luxury.

Perhaps I lived in a too-small country town. Perhaps I was naïve. Perhaps nearly 40 years ago the world was a happier and less violent place.

Whatever happened when I was a kid doesn’t matter. Whatever the world was back then, it is no longer.

My children live in a world where I can’t promise the same things that were promised to me as a child.

I can’t promise them they will always be safe. But I can promise them that I want them to be safe and that I’ll do anything—anything—to help make them safe.

I can’t promise them that bad things won’t happen. But I can promise them that when bad things do happen that God always makes good come out of it.

I can’t promise them that there’s nothing to worry about. But I can promise them that God hears their fears and comforts them in the midst of fear.

I can’t promise them that there is no evil in this world. But I can promise them that God is greater and will triumphant over evil.

I can’t promise them that when we say goodbye, I will see them again. But I can promise them that if we are taken away from one another in this life, that we will see each other again in heaven for eternity.

I can’t promise that I can take care of all their needs. But I can promise them that God holds them in His hands, takes care of every need and care, and loves them more than even Mommy and Daddy.

There is so much I can’t promise my children, and it breaks my heart. But this Christmas season reminds us of the promise that God has already fulfilled—a Savior who came to earth as a man to save us from our sins and reunite our hearts with God forever. His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the only promise I can give my children; Jesus is the only name in whom I can tell them to trust. I can’t promise or protect my children in this world, but I can point them to the One who will never forsake them or leave. Through tragedies and triumphs, may I teach my children to call upon His name—Jesus.

“He who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:15-17, ESV)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. JD Blom permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:51 pm

    My wife and I have been fielding all the questions from our kids in terms of the gospel and how much this world needs a savior. Thank you for you perspective.

  2. Beth permalink
    December 17, 2012 1:37 pm

    Thank you for these words.

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