|To keep or not to keep|
Without doubt or hesitation, I know that God keeps His Promises. Mercy and love, impartial judgment and grace, integrity and unchanging character, compassion to the weak crushed by life, forgiveness and salvation...endless list.
In many blog posts, one will express pain and suffering or depression over losses, or heartbreak. In the comment section, so many sincere followers give comfort and sympathy. And then, there is "I'll be praying for you" somewhere in the comments, or "Prayers and blessings".
But, I wonder are these phrases are actually followed? Once the words are written and the cursor goes to publish, will these word be acted upon?
This is not a criticism, for I write these words myself, but simply a question.
Robert Frost wrote in "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" this last quatrain,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
But I have promises to keep. Any type of promise? Yes, it would seem so. A promise to bring a salad to a potluck is an easy promise--CostCo. A promise to meet at 2:00 can vary from 1:55 to 2:05 (we are obsessive about this.) is still an easy promise to keep for most people. My in-laws are lax on this.
But to say "I'll be praying for you" is vague. Perhaps this sentence should be followed by "I promise". This is one promise that requires commitment and sincerity. It needs to be kept.
Can you do this? Do you keep your promises? Why, or why not?