Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mercy

Today ...
another dawn appeared. The sun in its striking fullness rose.
The songs of the cardinals broke forth heralding a reminder
of God's ordained declaration from the beginning of time --
Another Today!
To this we awoke, breathing ...
This is Mercy!

Yesterday ...
we struggled with our weaknesses, with the battle between our will and His, the warring of flesh and spirit. We struggled with our own selfishness and, maybe, we lost. A harsh word tumbled out, an old hurt or wound was unearthed, and the chill of doubt challenged our hearts. Wrong attitudes showed their ugly heads. Impatience and irritability wormed their way into our spirit and stealthily stole the joy of early dawn. A cloud of heaviness came over us, formidably unmoving and we even despaired. We battled with an aching body, a throbbing headache, the persistent pain of a chronic illness, and even a simple cold. We struggled with a loveless marriage and loneliness seemed our only companion. We labored with a fevered child, a wayward son or daughter. We wrestled with shattered dreams, the seemingly endless black hole of addiction and we thought we could not carry on.

Yet night came ...
and with it, the ancient display of majestic, twinkling splendor, and we remembered the omniscient One who flung these twinkling miracles into the heavens and called them all by name.

This morning ...
we came again and knelt, or simply stumbled from our bedroom to the kitchen, lifted up our voice and told *Him EVERYTHING. The One, the ancient "I AM" who aligned the planets and whirled the galaxies into space with pinpoint precision, the One who holds it all by the power of His word, our Redeemer, called us by name, and bent *His ear, and heard our cries!

This is Mercy!

By ~ Kate Marchiniak
Found in ~ Above Rubies ... Issue: Seventy-seven

* I capitalized these words.

3 comments:

Melanie said...

Oh that is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it!

Rosebud said...

That is GOOD.

Jason A. Hunsicker said...

Wow...simply beautiful...