But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:10
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy! Matthew 5:7
As we’ve looked at gifts both given and received; no list could be complete without mercy. Grace sometimes gets bigger headlines in the Sunday sermons, but comparing the two as if one were greater misses the point. Mercy is God’s forgiveness by which we receive eternal life. Grace is God’s amazing delivery system that brings His gift to places we least expect and to the most unlikely people. (Like me!) I hope my little poem this morning will simply be a reminder that we are each given this day, so that we can pass God’s mercy on to others in a thousand little acts of grace.
Mercy's Gifts It's a pint of blood needed To someone we don’t know Or handful of tissues when their tears start to flow A quiet embrace when their world falls apart And a light at the door when they come after dark It's that kiss of forgiveness when we still feel the hurt Or a check in the mail when they’ve been out of work Angel songs after midnight when we’re up watching sheep And a Babe in a manger On a night that's so deep! Mercy's Gifts by Peter Caligiuri Copyright 2020 All rights reserved