N.W.BOYER…Christian Author… " Keeping Christ in Christmas"

Eternal Promise

It seems that each night in the news, the reporters not only bring the devastating news of the sick and dying, but also show the large refrigerated trucks that are lined outside the largest hospitals.  There is certainly no assurance in seeing these trucks. The public knows that those who die must also be taken care of in some orderly way.    Yet, we see it over and over…and we are made to feel even more concerned about our own safety…whether in life or death.    The heart-breaking stories of loved ones who can not be with their families in their last moments on earth is almost too much to hear.

Sometimes it is good emotionally, to remove ourselves, at least temporarily, from the continuous news of despair.  Perhaps this Sunday is a good time for quiet music instead

or as we turn to our TV to listen to remote worship services.

(We have enjoyed the National Cathedral services in Washington, D.C. at 11:15 EST and special music at 4 on YouTube)

So what or who can we turn to in this time of waiting and confinement?   I’d like to share with you, and the ones you may know who have family members who are sick or who have died,  my writing, in part, on the ETERNAL PROMISE:

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The word “eternity” seems so far away. It is an unknown time or place and the human mind can’t comprehend its actual meaning. Most people have some anxiety about dying and perfect peace may not be part of their thinking on this subject.

It may not be just about entering eternity, but needing peace when making some of life’s greatest decisions. This was true of Bob Dufford as he struggled with his becoming a priest. He thought of the Mother of Christ, who may have been fearful as she followed what God had in store for her. This gave him inspiration to write these words:

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.


If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side,
know that I am with you through it all.

Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me,
blessed, blessed are you!

Chorus:
Be not afraid.
I go before you always;
Come follow me,
and I will give you rest.
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Promises are made and many times broken because we are frail in our human spirit. No bride or groom goes to the alter believing that their lives will come shattering down with a divorce. Little children may say, ” Please let’s go today. Will you promise?” Sometimes the parent must change the plans, but somehow in a child’s mind the promise has been broken. This is why they beg us to “promise.”

There is an eternal promise that will never be broken. It is God’s promise that all will be well in eternity. He is going to make a special place for us. He even says that he is telling us the truth. “There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so”. John 14:2

The Holy Bible is made up of many eternal promises. Some people memorize these verses. It is a good idea because what you hide in your heart can never be taken away from you. A few of these are listed below, but only make a dent in what we can believe from God in the Holy Scriptures:

 

  •  Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
  •  James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
  •  2 Samuel 7:28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
  •   Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

…There is an old hymn, Standing on the Promises, that was written by Russell Kelso Carter. This hymn was published in the book Promises of Perfect Love, Philadelphia, 1886

Some of the words are these:

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
  Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
  Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
  Standing on the promises of God.

We have the eternal promises of God to lead us through our lives. His promises are true and will never fail. May God be praised!

HOLY SCRIPTURES: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for your promises. I trust in You and pray for all those going through our difficult times . In Christ’s name, Amen

(Taken from Rain on the Roof by N.W.Boyer)

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Christ has given His life for Us, Rose from the Dead and promised us eternal life.  Where there is suffering, we turn to Him as OUR VISION of HOPE.   Below is a video of a church and a singer, with his accompanist.  The church is empty…as are ours today, but the promises of God are the same and He is with us wherever we are.

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