“Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.”
from Psalm 123
Sometimes life is like a parched desert, when we feel worthless and desiccated. At such times mercy is like a cup of cool, sweet water.
A group of older women gathered weekly in the home of Flo with their pastor, a middle-aged man. During the few years of these gatherings, Flo’s husband became ill with Alzheimer’s at home, eventually dying. Janet’s adult daughter had abandoned the family. Leta, in her nineties, had recently cared for and buried her son and husband. She was bereaved and exhausted. Each person in this group of nine, including the pastor, had personal travail and desert times.
Still, week by week there was much laughter along with tears. The people could be spontaneous because they trusted each other. People listened well and shared deeply. Mary, who had years of mental breakdown and hospitalization, said she would not be hospitalized again because of the weekly gatherings that affirmed her worth. These sessions were an experience of human mercy wrapped in divine mercy, evident and tangible in simple daily ways.
by Art Gafke
As you go about your day, keep your eyes open.
How do you experience “Mercy”?
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