There are a few words that are very deep for me. What I would like to do here is to post a word and talk about it a little and then ask you to add your thoughts and comments about the word.
With the earthquake in Haiti a few weeks ago, and some of the things God has put on my heart the last few months…the word mercy seems to keep coming to the forefront of my mind and to the tip of my tongue as I pray.
As a boy growing up there was this game we would play as we wrestled with each other. The stronger would eventually pin down the weaker and force them to say uncle or mercy MERCY. So mercy to me was a sign of weakness. I have always defined it from the perspective of being weak or hurting. It was wrong for me as a strong American male to need mercy. Then when we had our first daughter who struggled at life for only a week…I found a whole new meaning for mercy. I found that the hurting position required intense strength and incomprehensible perseverance. That is what I see in the eyes of the Haitian people.
It also required faith in a God that could provide the mercy I so needed. Because you see, the MERCY giver acts out of a clear position of strength too. Just how much compassionate strength does it take to save the world? That is the mercy I want to understand. That is the mercy I want to flow through me!
What does mercy mean to you?…please leave your thoughts in the comments below…