To be merciful is to know compassion one step higher. It beckons an act of doing, answering, and feeling to embrace as even in forgiving the needy.
I often rely on The Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus, Son of God, please have mercy on me, a sinner.” I have also used it as an intercessory prayer for others.
To be merciful brings memories and I suppose we could sit in a circle as friends and find a story to relate. Each one of us can begin by remembering a time when we extended our hearts to the max because it was the most we could do, and innately, naturally so. The woe of loved ones hurt us as parents like no other yet mercy abounds to family, friends, and all. Mercy is a mindful response of kindness, and ultimately, of love.
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d;
It drouth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blest him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it become
The throned monarch better than his crown;
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And earthly power doth them show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. “
Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, IV, 1
I like the lightheartedness Shakespeare so skillfully plucked in using these words, and I hope the seriousness of being merciful is welcomed as he suggests. The analogy of mercy being like the gentle, heavenly rain upon the earth is brilliant. It is not strained. The quality of being merciful yields a two fold blessing as both the merciful and the recipient are graced as we all will be by God’s merciful justice.
To” be merciful” is the call for the letter M in the blog Come, Become Alphabetically Savvy… I hope you enjoyed this short one…