By: Holly Reimer
Luke 1. 68-79
Reflection—v. 72, ‘He has shown the mercy’
I don’t know about you, but I have days where I should not be allowed around people. I am grumpy, irritable, and downright obnoxious. There are times when I gossip, ignore others, and, sadly, even verbally abuse them. I let my anger, frustration, and emotions take control. Worse yet, I have days when I rarely acknowledge God. Yet, in all of these things, God shows me mercy. God shows US mercy. God, whether acting for God’s self or those I have wronged, offers kindness in the face of frustration and compassion despite our attempts to ignore others or God. We are all sinners, me no less than anyone else. Yet, in this passage these five words offer hope when I don’t deserve it and when hope seems impossible. God intercedes for us when others don’t show kindness, compassion, or grace. God reminds us what mercy looks like so we can offer it to those around us.
Prayer God, thank you for keeping your promises, even when I do not. Thank you for responding to the pain and suffering in our lives and demonstrating the compassion you have for each of us. As we go about the rest of the day, may we be mindful of your presence in our lives and the promises you make.