Divine Promises to Keep

“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace: …and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:12-13

Divine Promises to Keep

Here we are already in the month of May again!

The good news about the month of May is that it offers prominent space on the calendar for contemplative reflections, celebrations, and memorials of loved-ones and friends who we regard as our sheroes and heroes. They are those special ones who have given us their very best whether in our homelife, our communities, or sadly even far, far away on dangerous battlefields—yes, they deserve to be memorialized and bestowed with honor and love that will last forever.

The catch is in order to experience and enjoy the promise of May some of us, who reside in certain regions of this country, must first endure an annual season of bitter cold, wintry blasts, and snowy slippery streets, highways and by-ways that it seems will slide us along forever. We don’t memorialize any of that do we? But instead, if we’re not careful, we receive the cloudy days and cold weather sometimes with profound dread—we may even spin-out into utter hopelessness and despair.

In our text the LORD promises his people provisions that only God can give. There is a promise of release and renewal; a promise of restoration of what was lost; and a promise of a peaceful journey. Thanks be to God for his triumphant promises and provisions during any season of our lives. It’s a divine covenant contingent on the peoples’ commitment to live abundantly with God despite the seasons of their lives.

May is part of a season that usher in the bloom of what is good and hoped for every year. There is hope in May for luscious roses, pretty tulips, and flirty daffodils seemingly fluttering with a kind of joy and gladness to be here and alive with us. Their floral gladness gushes up within the garden of our spirit a fresh encounter with sheer gratitude, satisfaction, and peacefulness—reminiscent of our God’s faithfulness and goodness toward his people.

Thanks be to God for these blessed May days of memorials, celebration, warm breezes, and sunny skies. Thanks be to our eternal God for his divine bounty of inspiration and a charge for each of us to go out—be about the LORD’s business with great joy and hope!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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