Day 9 + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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There was once a prophet Micah, (as told about in the Hebrew scriptures), who had much to say to the political, religious, and business leaders in positions of power. He chastised them for their greed, corruption, dishonesty, oppression of the poor, and neglect for God’s ways.

Here’s just one bit of what he said:

“Alas for those who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in their power.
They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and take them away;
they oppress householder and house, people and their inheritance. . .”
(Micah 2:1-2)

Then Micah challenges the leaders to return to God’s way
with these words that we often quote:

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
(Micah 6:8)

“Justice” is about fairness and equality for all.
This “mercy” is about acting with loving kindness.
“Walking humbly” is in contrast to those who act
in arrogance without acknowledging God’s help.

Dear people ~
In this season of Lent + these 40 Days of Mercy,
may we seek to do what the Lord requires of us . . .
To balance our desire for justice with acts of mercy . . .

Let us pray for those in positions of power
that they may have compassion for the oppressed
and choose:

Grace over greed
Faith over fear
Love over hate

and walk humbly with our God of Grace.

Anna Lin +

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Day 8 + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

Beloveds of God,
May these words be in your heart today:
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding.
You are peace and joy and light.
You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage,
a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow,
a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.
You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth;
the greatest peace and the grandest love.
You are these things. And in moments of your life
you have known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~ Neale Donald Walsch

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Day 7 + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

Divine Tenderness,
Keeper of All Hearts,
May we know the sweetness
of Your Love.

Touch grieving hearts
with Your comfort and strength.

Mend broken hearts
with Your inexhaustible Grace.

Invite abandoned hearts
into Your Household of Belonging.

Fill empty hearts
with newborn warmth and hope.

Smile on joyful hearts
with Your gleam of Knowing Light.

Divine Tenderness,
with delicate care,
You have spread Your mantle
of purest blue,
encompassing sun,
moon, stars, and all
Your fragile children.

Draw us, in gentleness
and beauty to Yourself.
Renew us like the Spring!
Cover us, call to us,
sing our secret names…

until every heart is Home.

~ Cheryl Anne

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Day 3 + A Lenten Journey + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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“Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee? Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 25: 44-46

Today is a good day to show compassion to the least of those among us.

The Spirituality of Compassion

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I was deeply awakened to the spirituality of compassion back in high school when we were required to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Up until then I pretty much believed that the Law is the Law and if broken
one should be punished. But reading the book I realized there are so many circumstances in which desperate people succumb to breaking the law. . . like Jean Valjean . . . stealing a loaf of bread for his hungry family.

And who can forget the first time they ever read the incident of the Bishop’s candlesticks? We are moved by the mercy that shines through
even this blatant crime that initiated a total transformation in Valjean.

When I am truly honest, I see that again and again I flounder and fail and fall short in so many ways. But God, in his great mercy shows compassion, kindness, steadfast love and forgiveness . . . ALWAYS!
And that is the Grace by which I live . . . and that moves me to share that compassion with others. Thanks be to God!
+ Anna Lin
For further reflection, here is a link to a commentary on this story.
(Note that it includes an audio version at the end of the post)

The Bishop with the Candlesticks

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A Lenten Journey + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, as the season of Lent begins, I invite you to walk the path of Jesus with me + which is all love, compassion, and grace . . . .  40 Days of Mercy + + +

During Lent it is customary to give up something, as a sign of penitence.
Therefore, let us give up hatred, anger, meanness, gossip, bullying,
bitterness, arrogance and self-pity.

May we be empowered by the Spirit and filled with the Love of God
to heal ourselves and heal the world through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, may it be so.

Anna Lin +

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling
and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another,
forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children,
and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:31-32; 5:1-2