How does God
keep promises to us? How do we keep promises to God?
means that if we say we'll do something, we will do it. It might
be easy to make a promise, but hard to keep it. Can
you think of a promise you made? Were you able to keep it?
God made lots
of promises to people in the Bible. God promised that the Hebrews
would be God's chosen people, and God would deliver them and protect
them, and God did. Jesus showed us that God's love and God's promises
are for everyone. In order to be God's chosen ones, God's children,
we have to love God back. God sent the Holy Spirit to show that
God will keep his promise forever. We can trust God to keep his
promises and to love us always.
We don't always
keep our promise to love God back. Sometimes we forget, or think
it doesn't matter, or try to do things our way instead of God's
way. This doesn't surprise God-the Hebrew people in the Bible did
exactly the same thing. But God wants us to keep our part of the
promise. Over and over again, God says, "Remember. Remember
what I have done for you. Remember that you are my children, and
I love you."
Here's a prayer
that doesn't have any words that you can do to help you remember
God, and that God loves you. It's a good reminder in the morning,
but you can do this any time of the day. If you're having a rough
day, you might do it more than once. Do the motions slowly enough
that you can think about what they mean. You can say what you're
thinking out loud, if you want.
Stretch arms up (Good morning, God! Thank you for being with
with open hands (I want to receive what you have for me today)
over heart (I accept what you give me)
at waist level (Help me to share your gifts with others)
together, bow head (I remember how you bless me)
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