Good Monday morning to you…
Celebrating “incoming” mercy today and asking for a greater dose of His caliber of “outgoing” mercy in my life. This poem is based on the blending of a pair of related, but not consecutive scriptures- two of my favorites. I am posting them at the bottom if you want to read the poem first and see if you can identify either of them. Or, go ahead and read the scriptures first if you’re so inclined! One you will recognize easily, the other is a little tougher because, praise God, there is a good deal included in His Word on mercy.
May we hand mercy out as freely as we take it. Feel free to record any of your favorite “mercy celebration” passages in the comment section. We will enjoy.
Of all the things to single out and declare your wealth in,
You chose mercy.
What a Savior*
Daily I reap the harvest,
Enjoy the bounty,
Of your mercy in my life.
May I run to the fields
Ready to toil.
Sweating, Singing, Sewing seeds of mercy and kindness,
Leaving concerns for the crop in your wise care.
One eye always on the road
That passes by this heaven-blessed ground,
Looking for any who,
Dried up and weary of this world,
Look for a sheltering place to heal.
May they find it in this mercy-field,
“But God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ from the dead-only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved- and lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms- all because of what Christ Jesus did. And now God can always point to us as examples of how very, very rich his kindness is, as shown in all he has done for us through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:4-7
Mmmm…read it again.
And briefly, from Luke 15…Favorite phrase from my absolute favorite parable: The Prodigal Son.
“…So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming, and was filled with loving pity and ran and embraced him and kissed him…”
* from “Hallelujah What a Savior” by Phillip Bliss
kpeterson march 2013