Wednesday, December 21, 2005

welcome back!

We returned from our annual vacation to Walt Disney World the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I was looking forward to returning to my ministry responsibilities. Monday morning, the firestorm hit.

Tensions among friends, students, whom I pastor, making poor life choices. One thing after another and it continues relentlessly even as I write this. These are the times that I want to grow back my hair so I can pull it out.

Then, in the midst of all of it I hear the words of Charlie Hall's song from his CD "On the Road to Beautiful:"

I can see that my hands are trembling
I can see that my legs are weak
I can see that my head is spinning
But I will overcome
And I know that my heart is hurting
And I know that my soul it aches
And I know that it seems I'm failing
But I will overcome

Oh, Lord I'm strong in You
Oh, Lord I'm wise in You
Oh, Lord I can see in You
So I will overcome
Oh, Lord I am loved by You
Oh, Lord I am free in You
Oh, Lord I'm complete in You
So I will overcome, I will overcome
I will overcome

I've listened to that song many times before. But I never felt the power of the truth in that song until the last few days.

These things will pass. But, thankfully, His love for me will renew and strengthen me to get through this.