I’ve just finished reading a very heart rending novel. The story is centred around the historic
event of 16th July 1942 in war time France. Fellow French men rounded up thousands
of French Jews ,arrested them and sent them to their deaths in Gas chambers at concentration camps like in Aushwitz .
Why is this so shameful ? At the time France was an ally and was not even under
invasion of the Nazi’s . They planned managed and excecuted this crime.They did it willingly of their own accord under no coercsion and no pressure.
The main character was a ten year old girl Sarah Starkynski. On that fateful
morning as French police were raiding other jewish families in her apartment building,
She locked her four year old beloved brother in a secret compartment cupboard in their bedroom and PROMISED him she would return.
Alas it was too late when she returned weeks later having escaped a prison camp,separation from her parents and sure death. I won’t spoil
the rest of the story so buy it or borrow it.
It just reminded me of another story of a sea captain, who kisses his wife and tells
her this is the last trip before he retires. He promises her the small house close
to a lake with chicken,cows and 3 acres to plant,living the life they had always dreamed of.
There is another story of a father who takes his son on a weekend camping trip.
He says to the son stay here I’m going further up the canyon. “I PROMISE I will be right back.” he says
Alas rocks fell loose, up ahead ,he was directly in their path. The son waits all night and the next day for his father to return.
Both these men NEVER fulfilled their promise to their loved one before their lives were tragically taken.
Too often people make PROMISES but for one reason or another things happen, circumstances change.
Even though the sentiments expressed were well intentioned and sincere.
PROMISES are broken , dreams are shattered lives altered forever. My husband NEVER promises
the children or myself anything, even the smallest thing like an icecicle. That’s character. As the head of this household
he understands his calling as a father and a husband. As stipulated in
For the husband is the head of the wife,
even as Christ is the head of the church:
and he is the saviour of the body.
Its so important as the first knowledge of God our children have is through their
parents and that dictates how they relate to their heavenly
father when they go on to build their own relationship with God.Though humans break their promises, I rejoice at my Lords words in :
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe
in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I WILL come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also
I find great comfort in that promise because the Bible is littered with so many promises.
Early on as a new believer I even took a chance on a few to begin with. With my mustard seed faith to my surprise GOD came
through and continues to come through all in HIS perfect timing . As a parent I delight in giving my children things that they havent even asked for or rewarding them for their obedience.Mind you not every time as then the child WILL become spoilt and unappreciative of the sacrifices you’ve made and so take it for granted. I so cherish the following text:
Romans 8: 38-39
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death,
nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the LOVE of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Are you lonely? Do You have his children, you’ve sacrificed ,
moved in with him and still he won’t marry you. Do you feel at times you
are unloveable to the point where you wrongly think that if you disappeared no one would notice?
Do you feel like he promised me till death do us part and yet he walked away with his secretary
after thirty years of marriage?He tells me daily I’m fat ,ugly and stupid. He promised he would never hit me again and still he does.
What a joy it is for me to be so intimately,unconditionally loved- by another at times the very
thought takes my breath away that HE thinks I’m too die for. Jesus died for you too and that is
something you can really hold on to. Just give him a try today His PROMISES are sure.
Walking with the King
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