I promise we will be friends forever. I promise my love and faithfulness, until death parts us. We promise to care for this child.
That fifth-grade girl views herself differently because she has a friend she can count on. Wives and husbands make choices and act in certain ways because of their marriage covenant. The lives of that little baby in a Chinese orphanage and her new parents are changed forever by the commitments they make in the adoption process.
Our lives are different because of the promises we make. Our lives are different because of the promises made to us.
The promises made at our baptism shape our lives into something very different. Water and the word connect with faith, and our lives are never the same.
This message was adapted from “Promises, Promises” written by E. Louise Williams that first appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.
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