Friday, September 13, 2013

Mercy (a five minute friday)

My Five Minute Friday on: Mercy

I remember a game we used to play when I was a kid. It involved weaving fingers with someone else, usually my big brother, and squeezing and twisting until one or the other screamed, "Mercy!"

I guess in a small way that's what mercy looks like — stopping the pain.

Mercy is part of my everyday, giving and receiving it. Grace is its partner and they weave together like those fingers from the game, but they don't squeeze out life, they lift you up.

Up from the pit, from the deserved consequence, from unforgiveness. Mercy extends itself to the one who has done wrong and loves despite it.

It overwhelms a need, my need, and steps into isolation and becomes an unexpected friend.

In a world where expectations are rampant and we feel like people owe us something this mercy finds us when we know we cannot do anything to make it right.

It blesses in the bleakest of circumstances. It seeks us out and covers over.

And the best part of mercy, is it's ours to give. It is a gift.




Linking today with Lisa-Jo…
Five Minute Friday

3 comments:

Melanie said...

So good! I read about you and wondered, "How do we do it? How do we move forward and embrace life after the abuse?" I think mercy is part of the answer. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

Visiting from FMF

Amy C said...

"It seeks us out and covers over"
It does, doesn't it? I'm so very grateful for the beautiful truth.

Aileen A said...

So true, when you have experienced the gift of mercy, you cannot help but to pay it forward and treat others with mercy.

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