“Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me
forever; your throne shall be established forever.”
– 2 Samuel 7:16 (NASB)
Today, we remember God’s promises of old that apply to us. Christmas reminds us of the best promise ever made and kept. And Jesus learned well from His Father. His word to be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and His words of peace (John 14:27) and rest (Matthew 11:28) and victory (John 16:33) comfort us when times are hard and embolden us when work awaits. And perhaps Jesus model those promises for us so that we could follow.
No matter what, no matter when, no matter where–you can faithfully promise your family members to be with them their hearts, to support them up close or far away, to remain loyal and trusting forevermore. You can promise to be a sanctuary, a safe place, a comfort zone they can always find. You can make these promises because God and Jesus make and keep Their promises and will help you keep yours. It’s a gift of follow-through we experience the more we lean on Their promises and claim those promises for ourselves.
Children will come to learn that some promises, like God’s promise of Jesus, take a long time to come to pass, but that doesn’t make them any less true. Our promises are only to be made with great thought and sincere intentions, so let God’s track record guide us at Christmas and always.
Father, thank You for Your promises that always come to life, and for Christmas when we celebrate the greatest promise of all.
Have each family member write or draw a picture of a promise to another family member–for example, a young child can promise a hug for mom or dad. Put each promise in an envelope or a small box and place it under your Christmas tree. Open the promises Christmas Eve and have each family member follow through.