Last Christmas, we decided as a family that the time had come for us to purchase a digital camera. We had one given as a free promotion (read that cheap), and really wanted to be able to take pictures we could instantly view, save, and email. So after a grueling study of all the available choices in our price range, we made our decision. On December 21st 2004, we made our choice.
A week or so ago, the camera started malfunctioning. After a search, we found the manufacturer's guarantee, and after reading through the mind-numbing fine print we read - the guarantee was one year. So now I have to box it up and send it to them for repair. We're hopeful of receiving our camera back in good shape, but we still don't know. It could be lost in postage, it could be misplaced once it arrives at the service center, there's a lot of possibilities that could keep us from receiving what was promised.
Today I was reading a familiar Advent Scripture.
6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor,* Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!
Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 1997 (Is 9:5-7).
Usually, we focus on the beautiful promises contained within this passage. They've always warmed my heart, to know the love behind those promises.
But did you ever notice the last sentence?
"The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this!"
Promises it is said, are made to be broken. That's the way we've learned down through the years.
Ah, but in this case, we have a guarantee! And not one designed to make it difficult to see whether the promise is good. This guarantee is shouted to us with very blessing we receive, within every instance when we realize we are God's chosen.
God's passionate commitment, beloved, is to you and me.
What wondrous love is this, Oh my soul, Oh my soul. Every promise comes with love.