Promises are meant to be kept, whether to an acquaintance, a loved one or to yourself. The Missus and I make promises to each other, to ourselves, to our critters, and to God. A promise is simple, it’s telling someone what you are going to do and then doing it.

We rescued two sisters, Duchess and Annie, when they were puppies. They were being abused by children in the home that they were in. Annie’s physical injuries followed her throughout her life. Her front legs and shoulders were injured to the point that she had trouble walking. Even after she healed, she had an awkward peg-legged gait and could never keep up with the rest of the dogs, In spite of her infirmities, Annie was the house mom and kept the other pups in line. One low growl from her and the rest would immediately cease their shenanigans. They were big enough to take her and fast enough to get away but they never once questioned Annie’s authority. It surely was something to behold.

Annie and I were inseparable. She slept at my feet when I worked at my desk and even though she could not walk well, she did her best to follow me back and forth through the house when I was on a mission. Sensitive to her physical well-being, if I was just going to the kitchen for a quick refill, I would tell her, “I’ll be right back” and she would lay her head down and patiently wait for me. Out of respect and love, if I told her I’d be right back, I made sure I would be right back. It was a promise that she knew I would keep. Ruger could never get the “I’ll be right back” thing. He always thought he’d miss out on a treat or something. Duchess did sort of okay with it, Lucy can’t seem to find the meaning of the words, bless her heart. Nobody got it like my little girl. Annie has been gone now for three years and it still pains my heart to say those words, “I’ll be right back.” I loved her so and I always will. {tears}

I keep my promises to others and to myself, or at least I try to. Sometimes I fail but not for lack of trying. This morning I was reminded that there is someone else who told us, “I’ll be right back,” and He always keeps His promises. Always.

John 14:1-3
1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God, believe also in me.
2 There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you.
3 And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too.”

Jesus was crucified, He was buried, and three days later He rose from the dead. After spending a short while with His disciples, he ascended into heaven but before He left, he said, “I’ll be right back.”

As I am sure Miss Annie did at times, we might get a little impatient and wonder, it sure is taking Him a long time. Don’t worry, He’s coming back. He promised.

Before she left, Annie could not say, “I’ll be right back,” because we both knew she can’t come back. I’ll have to wait to see her when I leave. Maybe Jesus will come back before then. What a day that will be!


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