A Blessing for Mercy
We don’t talk much about mercy anymore.
See if you can find a place for mercy in your
life, maybe, initially as a small gesture to
someone, most obviously deserving. Mercy
is in need of a renewed welcome, and a
reverence much deserved.
Mercy offers many gifts. It defies reducing
forgiveness to a cavalier consideration.
The anti-forgiveness attitudes become
more lucid. The righteous energizers
of revenge and punishment become more
transparent, shedding their camouflage.
Mercy is the herald of forgiveness.
It calls us to be forgivers. Mercy brings
a generous amount of acceptance to our
lives. Benevolence replaces resentment,
forbearance takes the place of rancor,
serenity supersedes bitterness.
We become more honest about ourselves
as we remember, we also are worthy
recipients of mercy. Such a strange concept,
offering mercy to ourselves. Not in avoidance
of accountability, but rather in an eagerness
to get right with ourselves.
Now, shortcomings and defects of character
are no longer banished and denied. There is
a restoration of wholeness, larger than
what occurs to our inner landscape. In some
quiet, unassuming way, a healing ointment
is gently poured over the fractures of the world.
Find mercy for yourself and for others.
You are not required to perform some saintly
deed. Merely allow for a fragment of leniency
to enter your heart, and come to know this as
the grace of generosity. You are the generous
spirit, refusing to curse the other or yourself.