My tongue will sing of your promise, for all your commandments are right. (Psalms 119:172 NRSV)
A lady named Nellia Garber tells about a Bible she received as a gift from her husband. She shared the Bible with her son, Doug. "Doug and I read it together," she said. "Together we underlined God's promises." A few years later she received another Bible and gladly gave that first Bible to her son.

Years passed and Doug got married and had three sons. One day his house burned to the ground. "We lost everything," Doug told his mother. For a week, neighbors, family, and friends tried to help them. They supplied clothes, money, food, furniture and many prayers. Then one day Doug's wife visited her mother-in-law. Smiling she said, "look what I found in the rubble." It was their old Bible. The Bible was soaking wet, its leather cover shriveled and brittle, but with all the pages intact. Nellia began to dry it off, first with a towel, then in the oven. When her son came home that night Nellia handed him their Bible saying excitedly, "Open it up. Just let it fall open."

The Bible opened and Doug read a verse that they had underlined many years before, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; ...when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." (Isa. 43:2)

God is a promise keeper.

Loving God, guide me as through faith I keep my promises. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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