Full of Mercy / In need of Mercy

Chapter 20

Good Monday Morning to this week 20 of 2024, to a word in great need of Mercy.

Hebrews 4:16
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Yehuda Amichai’s inspiring poem accompanies this wonderful, challenging verse out of Hebrews 4:16.

God Full Of Mercy

God-Full-of-Mercy, the prayer for the dead.
If God was not full of mercy,
Mercy would have been in the world,
Not just in Him.
I, who plucked flowers in the hills
And looked down into all the valleys,
I, who brought corpses down from the hills,
Can tell you that the world is empty of mercy.
I, who was King of Salt at the seashore,
Who stood without a decision at my window,
Who counted the steps of angels,
Whose heart lifted weights of anguish
In the horrible contests.

I, who use only a small part
Of the words in the dictionary.

I, who must decipher riddles
I don’t want to decipher,
Know that if not for the God-full-of-mercy
There would be mercy in the world,
Not just in Him.

Psalm 103:8:
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

I hope you can receive and extend mercy as necessary this week.


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