A Season of Mercy

“Son of David, have mercy on me!” Luke 18:39b

The month of December we see people hustling and bustling getting ready for Christmas, and there is a lot of joy that comes with this time of year.  However, this time of year is also difficult for a lot of people. They may be mourning the loss of a loved one or feeling alone and depressed. Whatever the reason, we need to remember the hope that comes from the mercy of God.

God’s mercy is all around us, and no matter how far we feel from Him or others, God is always near. This Advent and Christmas Season may we take a moment to think about the people in our lives that we have pushed away or have wronged.  When considering those people, we may also think about people who have hurt us, and ask ourselves “How can I take a step in forgiving them? How can I take a step in showing them hope?  How can I take a step in showing them mercy?”  Taking this step may not be easy.  The blind man called out to Jesus “Son of David, have mercy on me!” and the people around told him to be quiet and to stop calling out.  But Jesus heard his call and asked him what he wanted.  The blind man said that he wanted to see.

This Christmas Season may we find the faith, hope, and mercy of God!  May we not be afraid to ask God, and the people around us, for help, when we are struggling.  Whether we already have the Joy of the season within our hearts, or if we are striving to see that hope; may we genuinely find the gift of mercy this holiday season.

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