Friday, July 8, 2016

Lord, have mercy!

" not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say...For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you."
Matthew 10: 19, 20

This has been a heartbreaking week in our country and world.  So much violence, hatred, sadness, and pain. What can possibly be said?  What I sincerely believe is that God cries real tears with us. God shares in the pain and sadness that we humans inflict on each other. God's heart is broken too.  What are we to say? How can we help the suffering?  God will surely give us words of comfort, if we just ask. Today's Psalm is so appropriate: "Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense." (Psalm 51).  For we are all guilty of complacency and buying into the anger and "otherness" of others.  When, in reality, in God's eyes we are all one, not one of us more righteous or better than the other.  And if one of us is hurting, we are all hurting.  If one of us is suffering, we are all suffering.  There is no "them" and "us." We are all brothers and sisters.  Have mercy on us, O God!  Give us eyes to see that what we do to others, we do to you. Love, heidi

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