Be thou faithful…unto death

(detail of a grave marker in the Colonial Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2016)

Be thou faithful….

A command
An agreement
A promise
A treaty
A union

As in…
Keeping a promise
Constant and unwavering
An assurance
No deviations

Yet the question is asked…
Faithful for how long?

Are there…
A time frame?
Is it conditional or not?

Is it…
Faithful for a year, five years, ten years?
Until the warranty is up?
Until the lease has ended?
Until the relationship is over?

Until, say… death?

Even unto death…

Be thou faithful unto death.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…
Deuteronomy 7:9