The Guilt Salmon

49 lbs of Alaskan Fish

What 49 lbs of Alaskan Fish Looks Like!


The “Guilt Salmon” was formerly referred to as the “Honeymoon Salmon.” My son and brand new daughter-in-law honeymooned in Alaska and sent back 49 pounds of fish that they caught. It was the best salmon I have ever had or expect to have: fresh, wild caught by people I love and a delicious reminder of the wedding joy. The frozen salmon fillets were reserved for special occasions. At my son’s request, one fillet was set aside to be shared with certain close family friends. I treated that fillet as a promise. Time passed quickly while life happened. The salmon survived two moves along with us and the rest of our stuff. The Honeymoon Salmon became the Guilt Salmon every time I opened the freezer. The reminder staring me in the face that I did not keep my promise. Before I knew it, a year passed and there was one fillet left. What about the promise? I wanted the ambience for our dinner get-together to be just right, relaxing and fun. Fixing up a house was not conducive to the atmosphere I was after. The perfect time wasn’t now. The house wasn’t showcase ready yet. I wanted the house to be perfect before company visited. The house still isn’t perfect. There was an additional hitch. The salmon was over a year old and the lady at the meat counter of the grocery store advised me to throw it away. Still, a promise is a promise. My son and his wife were in town. The close friends said yes to the last minute dinner invitation. The fish was good, but the company was even better. Promise honored. Promises come in all different shapes and sizes. A promise is not about impressing people. A promise is a commitment to share our lives with each other. A promise is about loving people right where we are at in the most beautiful way that we can muster up. Jesus will always be God’s most personal and best example to us for keeping promises.


2 Corinthians 1:20

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 


Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?




6 thoughts on “The Guilt Salmon

  1. “A promise is about loving people right where we are at in the most beautiful way that we can muster up.” Debbie, that is beautiful. What a lovely blog post. Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful Christmas season…


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