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Archive for April, 2013

He Overcomes

overcome1The other day, my church introduced me to a new worship song:

Every high thing must come down, Every stronghold must be broken. You wear the victor’s crown, You overcome, you overcome. (Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown, 2013)

If I had sung this song as a child, I would have been confused. I knew what it meant to overcome, but what was God overcoming? As an adult, I understand. He overcomes sin in this broken world.

Thankfully, I grew up in a happy household that kept me safe and showed me love. It wasn’t until mid-high school I really start grasping what hate and brokenness were. I saw how selfishness, pride, anger, and other actions tore relationships apart. One only needs to watch the news and he or she is instantly informed about the state of our world.

I came to a conclusion. This place is really messed up!

It’s safe to assume that everyone has gone through heartache at some point. Family members pass away, friends betray friends, bodies don’t work the way they used to, and people strive for perfection without finding it.

That’s why this song means so much more to me now. God has solved all the problems of this world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV).

It took seeing the cruelty and brokenness in this world to realize how incredible it is that he has overcome the darkness.

Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

His Love Never Ages

man-praying-alone1Do you like museums?

My fiance took me to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum just a few weeks ago for what he called a “play-date.” I very much enjoyed myself and felt like a kid again.

There was one portion of the museum dedicated to children who changed history and I wanted to take a quick look. The wing featured Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and another boy named Ryan White. The museum had set up displays about the children: they had built Ruby’s classroom, and Anne’s  kitchen, and Ryan’s bedroom.

But when I came to his display, I froze and suddenly didn’t feel like a kid anymore.

He had been born in the early 70’s, and the museum built his room around the time he was a teenager. His room was covered in 80’s themed posters, action figures, and comic books. What shocked me what his room looked exactly like some of my older cousins’ rooms I saw growing up. I thought, wait, this kind of thing shouldn’t be in a museum yet!

For the rest of the day, I wrestled with the fact I was aging. Most the of things I grow up with will be in a museum at some point. I didn’t want to believe it. No! I’m too young to be old!

But I was also comforted when I was reminded about something that will never age; God and his love. Psalm 100:5 puts it aptly, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (NIV).

Even when I’m feeling down because I’m getting older along with the things I love, I know God is everlasting; he won’t grow old and wither away. His love never ages.

Copyright 2013 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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