Mercy. What does that word mean to you? What images or situations come to mind when you think about it?
I would invite you to take a moment, breathe in and breathe out, saying the word, mercy, a couple of times. In what ways do you experience mercy with God?
I'm going to bring them back from the north; I will gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the disabled, expectant mothers and those in labor; a great throng will return here. With tears of joy they will come; while they pray, I will bring them back. I will lead them by quiet streams and on smooth paths so they don't stumble. I will be Israel's father, Ephraim will be my oldest child. -Jeremiah 31:8-9
In this passage, Jeremiah is sharing a vision for how God will care for and show mercy towards God's people after the destruction that takes place. I can sense God's merciful care after I have gone through a challenging season or difficult situation. I notice that there were times when God led me by quiet streams and smooth paths during the restoration process.
Can you identify a time when God cared for you and helped you experienced mercy? What were the quiet streams or smooth paths in your situation?
I would invite you to notice opportunities where you can show mercy towards others this week. God's love and mercy are shown to us even when we are undeserving. How can you share this with those you encounter?
Prayer for Today
Remind me that I have received your mercy, and help me to look to you as my guide. In Christ's Name, Amen.