Promises Made


I swore I would be true….

I learned of the death of Dolores O’Riordan lead singer for the Cranberries this morning. I have loved many types of music in my life, and although not a follower of the Cranberries I remember their hit from 1993 “Linger”.

As I listened to the song I was surprised by the emotion I felt, brought on by the  haunting melody and the lyrics that expressed the pain of betrayal we all have felt at some time in our life.

I swore I would be true
And fellow, so did you
So why were you holding her hand?
Is that the way we stand?
Were you lying all the time?
Was it just a game to you?

We make promises in our life,

“Til death do we part

I’ve got your back,

I will never leave you,

You can count on me

I will always be your friend..”

And the reality is, promises made are not always promises kept.

As I listened to the song I wondered as I often do when death comes, did Delores know the Savior, did she leave this world with the promise and assurance of a better one?

I hope that she did, but I have no way to answer that question. But it reminded me that for those of us who remain there are promises we can always rely on.

Never I will leave you, never will I forsake you. Joshua 1:9; Hebrews 13:5b

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. John 11:25

I no longer call you servants, I call you friends. John 15:15

And finally the most important promise, the true test of friendship, Jesus laid down His life for us. 1 John 3:16

Promises made, promises kept.








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