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This week the word is mercy.
When I hear the word mercy, I always think of the following quote:
Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve.
Having mercy on someone means forgiving them for hurting you, letting someone off the hook, loving someone when no one else will.
But mercy means more than just not getting what I deserve. Mercy looked down on me from heaven, pulled me from the pit of hell, and placed me back on solid ground. Mercy is a gift, one of the very best gifts I’ve ever received.
Because of mercy, I am merciful. Mercy has sent me to live on a big white ship, away from every person I’ve ever loved so the unloved might experience what I received. Mercy looks the outcast in the eyes and says I see you. You are not invisible to me.
The little guy with the suffocating tumor went home yesterday. After many long months of suffering, he was finally able to say mama. There is no word on his official diagnosis yet. But the Lord has been merciful in His care of this family.
Our Nigerian friend continues to do very well after having his mandible removed. He will be with us for a little while longer before going home. He will need a second surgery in a few months. The Lord was merciful in orchestrating all his movements that brought him to us.
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