- Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
- Kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
- A good or lucky fact or situation
The word mercy has been at the forefront of my thoughts for several months. I have the opportunity to meet every Monday with a group of girls for Bible study. My husband affectionately calls this “Bible School”. Honestly there are times that I feel schooled by the conversation and study that takes place between us. I love having a place where we love Jesus and can bring honesty and hard questions to the table.
We have been reading through Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted. One of the things that I have been wrestling with through this reading is the act of mercy. It is so easy to say I do good things for others, but do I show mercy and love toward them? I worry these things are done out of moral obligation. Do I really see the person or cause that I am helping? And most importantly, do they see Jesus in me?
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.'” ― Mother Teresa
My “Bible School” group has signed up to feed the homeless one Monday each month. Last night was our night. Let me just say I am so undeserving of what God has given to me. The simple fact of a warm/burning hot winter--which has caused me to gripe more than once about the humidity (hello, curly hair anyone?)--is a blessing for these homeless people. The cooler temps the last few nights have been harsh for those without a roof over their head. I overheard this comment: “Give me just one more minute to soak in the warmth before I go back outside.” Wow. I was there last night to show mercy, yet I was also schooled by our Heavenly Father. I love how in the midst of serving, He is teaching me.
May I not forget the act of mercy shown to me…
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:4-10 (ESV)
Mrs. Lydia Kinney is the LCS school nurse. If you have questions for Lydia, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.