Faith and promise are intimately connected. To claim to have faith where there is no promise is presumption. Promises are about benefits and blessings. By sending His Son Jesus into our world, God has made many promises and each promise brings to us great benefits. Faith is the hand that reaches out and claims those benefits. This is the time, as we stand on the threshold of again welcoming Jesus into our world, to recognize the many promises of God and the great benefits that He offers to us.