It was a typical weekend with typical conversations and outings going on. We were making memories as our little family of 4 ventured around town. They boys waiver between making each other laugh, fighting and having in depth discussions. On this particular day we were listening to a little Ellie Holcomb while they chatted in the back seat as dad filled up the car.
All of a sudden from the back seat I heard a tiny 3 year old voice ask:
“What does Mercy mean?”
And as I was about to answer him when I heard a small, but bigger 6 year old voice answer:
“It’s another word for lots and lots of love”.
In that moment all I could do was smile and nod and thank God. Thank God for that sweet reminder of his Love and Mercy so simply described by a child and thankful that my own children were asking these questions and truly longing for the answers. Thankful that a 6 year old boy could truly “get it”. Thankful for the opportunity to talk about God’s Love and Mercy and to share the hope with two boys with very bright futures. Thankful that God hears our cries for Mercy and shows us a love never ending even when we stumble and fall time and time again. He picks us up, lifts our heads, holds us and blesses us beyond measure.
Love Broke Through
“To you, oh Lord, my heart cried out for Mercy,
And beautiful the day that you heard me, oh how you heard me,
You took my tears and you took my pain and covered them with Grace,
You’re love has called me out,
Out of my sorrow, Out of my broken places,
Hope has been renewed because there in the darkness, there in the darkness Love broke through…
…You gave us Hope when Hope was lost,
You came and died upon a cross so we could know that we are not alone,
God with us, God with us He will never let us go…”
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.