Rethinking Advent Day 18: Mercy



Ralphie shows no Mercy. In our quest to watch all of our Christmas movies this December, we watched this one last night. Did I pause it so I could take a good picture for you? No. Sorry. Life moves a long fast.

This was a hard one. When I read the word yesterday morning and said to Jason, “I have to take a picture of ‘mercy’ today,” he replied, “Give me your hand!”

Remember playing “Mercy” when you were a kid? I did not like that game. I always just said “mercy” because I’m not competitive and I have low tolerance for pain.

Mercy as a definition is tough, I think. A lot of people were trying to get to the bottom of its meaning yesterday in my social media circles. Some things I read about mercy yesterday (the day this word should have actually been posted):

Mercy is not getting what is deserved.

Mercy is not getting a consequence you were expecting.

Mercy is compassion.

Mercy is when someone is kind and you did not expect that kindness.

Mercy is forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

We have all been the recipient of mercy at one point or another. and the undeserved, unexpectedness of it may have changed your heart or your direction in big ways or small ways.