A Word From Geoff – December 2019

A promise made is a promise Kept?

I began writing this Christmas thought by putting into Google ‘Keeping
promises’, this is what came up

Keeping Your Promise is Good for YOU. … When we don’t keep promise to someone, it communicates to that person that we don’t value him or her. We have chosen to put something else ahead of our commitment. Even when we break small promises, others learn that they cannot count on us.

You should receive this Bearwood Roundup before the General election, and during the few weeks leading up to that day we will all have been inundated by promises from politicians of every party. It is hard though not to be cynical when you hear these promises shouted from the rooftops, or as it is more inclined to be today twittered on social media.

We have all becoming hardened after three years of Brexit and broken promises to believe that anybody is telling the truth, the chant of disillusionment seems to be the only thing that unites us.

Having said all that though I would encourage everyone to listen carefully to the arguments and debates, and please exercise your democratic right to vote.

What has all this to do with Christmas though? Good question. Well an awful lot actually because when we consider the prophecies in the Old Testament part of the bible, we read of many promises from God himself. Through the prophet Isaiah God promises that a child will come, a Saviour who will be Christ the Lord, he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. And believe it or not that is exactly what happened!

At Christmas time we celebrate the fulfilment of this word given 100s of years earlier. Jesus was the promise and he was someone who also kept a promise.

All the political parties have their election manifesto’s, promises that they say they will fulfil if they gain power to govern our nation. I don’t think any previous government can ever say that they kept all their manifesto promises. But when I look at Jesus’ manifesto which was to preach good news to the poor, proclaim freedom for prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind I see someone who fulfilled all his manifesto.

Why not consider putting your faith in the promises of someone who does keep them? Join with us at St.Barnabas or some other Christian church at Christmas time to celebrate the birth of the ‘Promise Keeper’

Have a Blessed Christmas

Rev Geoff Boland

Vicar of St.Barnabas