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.
*©Noel Hogan, DOLORES MARY O’RIORDAN