Believe the Promise

Contributing Writer
Pastor Shawn Hannon
Hope Lutheran Church Arcade, NY

My four-year old daughter Quinn has recently entered a dangerous period in life. The other day we were sitting on the couch about to snuggle and watch a movie together when we were interrupted. Quinn was a little bummed, so I said, “Don’t worry we can watch this later.”

“Promise?,” She asked.

“Promise,” I responded.

Well, A week later Quinn walked in and found me watching football and asked for kid shows. “Not this time,” I responded. To which she immediately said,

“But you promised.”

“Promised what?,” I asked.

“Promised we could snuggle and watch princess movies.”

I couldn’t believe she remembered that. I mean up to this point I’ve been banking on her short memory. I guess those days are over. You know what happened next, we watched princess movies, and I learned a valuable lesson: Don’t promise anything to Quinn I can’t deliver.

But that should have been the first thing I ever learned about making promise. Don’t promise anything you don’t intend on delivering.

The weeks and days leading up to Christmas are called Advent. It’s a season of waiting and watching. What we’re watching for, of course, is God coming among us, and we’re watching because God said it would come unexpectedly. But let’s get one thing straight, unexpected doesn’t mean accident. God is coming because God has promised to come. Promised a messiah. Promised salvation. Promised light.

The prophet Micah said, “From you, O Bethlehem, smallest of all the tribes he shall come!” Isaiah said, “A shoot shall rise form the stump of Jesse, and authority shall rest on his shoulders.” God promised Jesus was coming to be with us and save his people from their sins. And here the thing about God: God always delivers on his promises.

So as we enter this season of waiting, may we commit ourselves again to our belief—our believe in God and our belief that God does what God says he’s going to do. Every time. God promises. We believe.

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