I have heard the term “Thank God for God’s Grace and Mercy” my whole life but until you become consciously aware of the depth of what that means it doesn’t quite have the same impact. I think about God’s Grace and Mercy almost every day, in fact, it often carries me through my day. Every time we get into our vehicles to go about our day is usually my first thought. You know every day starts out normal for most people, it is often during that time that something changes the course of their entire life. You know what I mean especially if you have experienced tragedy, and oh, if you live long enough, you will experience it.! I remember one time vividly when my son was about seven or eight years old, darted out in front of a car and thank God, it stopped in time and did not hit him. That child no matter how many times I told him, would not stop and look before he crossed the street! God’s Grace and Mercy!
I am doing an amazing Bible Study with my church Saddleback called the Miracle of Mercy. Wow, the depth of this study has made a tremendous impact on my own life, and I know thousands of others. Pastor Rick Warren wrote this study after he lost his beloved son Matthew. Pastor Rick was able to really dive into the study of God’s Mercy simply using his own grief with losing his child. In week three which is where I am at right now, it talks about “Mercy helps the hurting.” I remember when Daniel passed away and I thought I would never be able to recover from the loss, I realize now God was standing there with a whole lot of His Grace and even more Mercy! It is amazing over the years the people who have helped me along my journey, and even the people that I was privileged to help.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT).
Do you know how many times I relived that one Scripture in my life? I am simply humbled by God’s Mercy. I will leave you with this, remember how you felt when you thought you were going to die from grief? Think about the people who were placed in your life?
“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor, ‘maybe some other time’ or ‘try me tomorrow’, when the moneys right there in your pocket. ” Proverbs 3:27-28