Overwhelmed

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On Palm Sunday, I stood beside my sweetheart and joined with other worshipers in singing of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We sang several songs, but one song, one phrase, has continued to echo in my heart.

It’s from Chris Tomlin’s I Will Rise:

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

“And the grave is overwhelmed…”

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed. Life is messy and stuff happens—sickness, betrayal, loss, financial hardship, (and the list goes on). Sometimes it seems we can’t take one. More. Thing.  Continue reading

Overwhelmed

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I don’t like this, Lord
Not at all.
It’s inconvenient, somewhat painful,
And to be perfectly honest…
Not in my plans.
Did You ever think about, I don’t know,
Checking with me?
I have a lot going on, Lord.
Wife, mother, co-worker, friend,
(And the list goes on).
People depend on me to be
Strong
Confidant
Resourceful
Spiritual…
Yeah, right.

But getting back to that honesty, Lord
I don’t like this,
Not at all.
This particular circumstance is
Unnerving
Draining
Frustrating
Exhausting.
Why this situation, Lord and
Why now?
Isn’t there another way I could
“Bring You honor?”
And Lord, if it’s ok…
I have one more question:
How am I supposed to glorify You
When I’m so overwhelmed with me?

Don’t you see, Child? It’s my desire for you to be Overwhelmed…with Me.

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 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)