I've been really burdened the past few months, and especially the past few days, for the people in our church family (and extended to the thousands more in our community) who are hurt and scared and unsure of their future because of the current economy. I have close friends who are facing foreclosures, who haven't worked in weeks, who are having to make life-altering decisions. I can't explain why I've felt so strongly about this, other than God is calling me to become more sensitive to the needs of those around me, seeking out ways that I can invest what I posses in the lives of others.
Just a year ago, January of 2008, I was experiencing the most emotional and uncertain time of my life. Both my wife and my new daughter were teetering between life and death, and was hurt and scared and unsure about my future. I'd love to tell you that my faith was strong, but it certainly was not. Although we are now in a place where we feel much more secure and safe, looking back, I know that we are, right now, no closer or further from God's plan for our lives than we were then. And, though I can't totally relate to those who are really experiencing the crunch of the economy right now, I can understand the feelings that come with knowing that you're not in control when things don't look good.
I recently came across a song called "Overcome" that has really helped me put the past few years of my life into perspective. The first video below explains the circumstance surrounding the writing and recording of the song...the second video shows the recording of the song. I hope that this song might remind those who are hurting today, no matter the reason, that there is hope and purpose in every situation for we who trust in Jesus.