Day 38: Mercy
Happy Sunday and Day 38 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y'all!
Anyone else grateful for weekends?
This morning, I'm somewhat struck with gratefulness for what has been a wonderfully relaxing morning.
Yes, I still woke up at 5, without an alarm, and no, I didn't go back to sleep.
But I'm grateful for less scheduled mornings that gave me time to reply to a question in an online book club that I'm currently involved in.
I'm grateful for time to journal, without being worried about fitting it into its allotted 15 minute time slot.
I'm grateful for the ability to say - no, I'm not going to force myself to go for a quick walk this morning to get steps in. I'm going to spend time with the Lord stretching and doing yoga instead.
I'm grateful for time to sit down and eat my breakfast, and drink some hot tea, while watching the starts of a sunrise.
I'm grateful for the light dusting of snow that we got during the night that added a beautiful new layer to the few inches that we got on Friday.
I'm grateful for cold coffee, and a chance to simply enjoy sipping it.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to blog, without having to worry about if I'll finish my thoughts in time to hop in the car and drive to work.
I'm grateful for the Christmas lights (that, let's be real, will be up until July...or next Christmas...) that provide wonderful ambient lighting, and beautiful contrast the brightening hues of this morning's sunrise.
I'm grateful for the blue jays outside my window.
I'm grateful for the quiet - the stillness.
As I think about all these things, I'm especially grateful for the mercy of the Father.
In Micah 7:18, we are reminded:
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
And similarly, in James 2:13b:
Mercy triumphs over judgement.
This morning, I am particularly struck by these two verses.
Y'all, the Father delights to show us mercy - compassion or forgiveness, shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
In other words, this is the absolute joy of the Father - to show us compassion, to forgive us.
To give us a second (and third, and fourth, and 100th, and 1 millionth...) chance, even though we don't deserve it.
And His mercy?
It triumphs over judgement.
In other words, the judgement of God doesn't even come close to His mercy and grace.
This is the incredible heart of the Father for us as His children.
And if this is the heart of the Father for us, why is this not also the heart that we have for ourselves and those around us?
For me, most days, it's particularly easy to judge myself.
Hannah, you did it wrong.
Hannah, you're not good enough.
Hannah, you need to do more.
Hannah, what were you thinking?
Hannah, how could you do that?
And on, and on, and on it goes.
But these are not the words of the Father.
No, He says:
- My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8)
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
And again through James:
- Mercy triumphs over judgement.
As you enter this Sunday, whatever it may hold, I pray that you find peace and rest in this loving-kindness and tender mercy, poured out on us by our heavenly Father.
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