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The prayer of St. John XXIII
“Only a few hours more and this year too will come to an end and pass into history. I too finish the year and await the New Dawn with joy…I go down on my knees before my God and recalling his kindness to me this year. I humble myself in the dust and thank Him with all my heart.”
A new year is here. We have been given God’s mercy to write our own spiritual history. I however, will get on my knees more now than ever asking Jesus for His continual mercy and guidance upon my life. Why now?
Now, because I’m rediscovering a new love relationship with Him; one filled with humility and mercy of my own. I will not hold onto the worlds wondrous schemes; but rather make a positive, deep soul changing deal with God to be a better light towards others; to be warmth during their dark season because God was my warmth during may dark seasons.
In Ecclesiastes 3:19-22; Solomon acknowledges that God has given people the hope of eternity. We have a unique purpose for our lives and when one person is struggling to see that or feel that for themselves, it is our place to step in and help them. Psalm 103:8-14 reminds us of God’s gracious mercy and compassion. We are reminded that we came from dust but we all have purpose. When we are fragile and fail Him, His mercy takes everything into account. We are human and He knows that. Now go share that with others whom you know are justifying their sinful nature. Walk along side of them; remind them that you too are a sinner and God’s mercy is trustworthy.
The miracle of new beginnings is to step out in His mercy and explore. There are so many opportunities out there to share God’s love without being abrupt, hollow or in-thier-face. Show mercy towards others as He shows mercy towards you.
I love the line above in the prayer of St. John XXIII…”I humble myself in the dust and thank Him with all my heart.” What does that mean to you? Humble yourself in the dust? I’d love to hear what you think about that line; please share your thoughts.
Do you think a well seasoned public speaker steps onto stage before a large audience trembling in fear? I don’t. I think he fixes his attention on a few listeners and returns his gaze whenever the needs to refocus.
Of course, this got me to thinking about my ow fears, anxieties and what I fix my gaze upon. Have you ever had to speak your mind and heart without worrying about what your audience may think of you or say to you? I have; every time I post a blog I open myself up to anyone’s opinions or thoughts.
How do I continue to write and blog without fear of stepping on toes with my unconventional words? By being mindful of God’s mercy and favor for me. I am often reminded of the times Jesus was before large crowds doing what the Father called Him to do, without the fear or trembling. God has placed the challenge of writing Christian literature for the sole purpose of drawing others closer to Him or by drawing others to Him when they don’t even know Him. It’s a huge challenge and huge responsibility and frankly I don’t always feel worthy of the assignment.
Every day His mercy passes in front of us drawing us to do what He calls us to do and when we fail, His grace is sufficient. He doesn’t give up on us. We are all a work in progress. Thank God.
So, what do you think? Is there something God is asking you to do for His name sake and you’re not doing it? Are you fearful or anxious? Just gaze upon our Merciful Jesus. Come and join us at Livingbygrace while we talk again about the Mercy of God.
God’s Mercy was in front of Moses as well. In Exodus 33:19 God says to Moses:
And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Lord, please remind me that Your mercy is in front of me and that you proclaim your name as Lord, ruler of me; master of me; lover of me.
How much mercy do you have? Mercy and the concept of mercy appears to be a word that God is making me focus on. I have gone through the Bible and have looked up 33 verses that contain the word mercy in them and am challenging myself to memorize those verses. Why? Because sometimes I don’t display much mercy towards others. You did the crime; you do the time!
The first verse I would like to write about today is 2Sam. 24:14
David said to God, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great but do not let me fall into the hands of men.” (NIV)
When I can’t see the other side of the story or feel distressed and am to stubborn to be forgiving, I’m usually following man’s perception of mercy, not God’s. In the past I have found myself wanting to hog my feelings and push others away just because I was tired, angry, frustrated, sad, anxious or depressed.
Just when I thought I had a better handle on this, I found myself smack dab in the middle of being without mercy with my dog; my favorite friend! How could I do this to my faithful furry friend?
There she was on the couch hogging my new monogrammed Vera Bradley blanket that my daughter gave me for Christmas. It’s my new special blanket and I don’t want to share it. I was cold, frustrated about something and looked at my snoring dog all curled up in my blanket and said aloud, “That’s got MY initials on it not yours so get off.” With that, I gently pushed her away as I hogged the blanket and curled up with it. I looked over at her cute little eyes and immediately scooped her up and put her under the blanket with me. I felt terrible; she had mercy on me and loved me just the same.
When you want to hog your feelings of distress and have no desire to show mercy, reevaluate the situation and scoop up some scripture time, hunker down under the warm blanket with Jesus and ask Him to reveal to you how to have mercy towards others.