Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            Vicki’s Dad, had another rough week.  He coded, but they got him back.  In some ways he is doing better but they are going to put a trach in on Monday.

            Vicki’s Mom, is getting very tired.  She stays right there with him.  Sleeping in the room so she can be there if he would need her.  She is taking care of everything from that hospital room.

            Of course, Vicki and her siblings are all doing whatever they can to be there and support their Dad and Mom.  It has been a tremendous struggle emotionally for all of them not knowing what is going to take place, but they are trusting God

            This doesn’t even begin to touch the situations that are going on in the lives of others.  Some are dealing with the loss of a loved one, others with cancer, some facing surgery, others are recovering from surgery, and others with heart or stroke issues.  It has truly been a tough time.

            Some people would ask how God could allow this to happen.  Others would say that if He truly loved us we wouldn’t have to go through times such as this.  But God doesn’t stop when our struggles begin.

            As I sat down to my computer, I turned on Pandora.  The first song to come up was “The Promise” sang by the Martin’s, written by Don Poythress / Brian Gene White, lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group.  That is when God spoke to me about what I needed to share.

I want you to read the words to this song and let them assure you that God is with you.  Regardless of what you may be facing He is there for you.  This is The Promise.


1) I never said that I would give you silver or gold

Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold

But I did say you'd never walk through this world alone

And I did say, don't make this world your home


2) I never said that fear wouldn't find you in the night

Or that loneliness was something you'd never have to fight

But I did say I'd be right there by your side

And I did say I'll always help you fight


3) 'Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep

My grace will be sufficient in every time of need

My love will be the anchor that you can hold onto

This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you


4) I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you

Or that the world around you wouldn't see you as a fool

But I did say like me, you'll surely be despised

And I did say my ways confound the wise


5) I didn't say you'd never taste the bitter kiss of death

Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest

But I did say I'd be waiting right on the other side

And I did say I'll dry every tear you cry


6) 'Cause you know I made a promise that I've prepared a place

And some day sooner than you think you'll see me face to face

And you'll sing with the angels and a countless multitude

This is the promise, this is the promise I've made to you


7) So just keep on walkin', don't turn to the left or right

And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light

That hell can't separate us and you're gonna make it through

This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you, oh

This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

            In Deut. 31:6, Moses told the people – “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the One who goes with you, He will not fail you or forsake you.”

            No matter what we may face, God has promised that He will be there as we trust Him.  He loved us enough to send His Son and He continues to show His love by staying with us.  That is The Promise!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul