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Have Mercy

November 12, 2020

“As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has had mercy on us.” Psalm 123:2

The first thing I do each morning is scan the news via multiple websites (with divergent political slants; it’s good to hear from various viewpoints). Somehow, looking at the news has become even more depressing than usual, and that’s saying something. The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening, with new encouragement to stay home except for necessary tasks. We set a new record for cases in this country yesterday. And this electoral nonsense drags on, threatening the fabric of our democracy.

Where do we look in such times? The psalmist reminds us: “Our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has had mercy on us.” Mercy can be defined as the act of not giving someone what they deserve. Based on our collective behavior lately, we need God’s mercy at this time. Let us look to God, remembering that we have already received the abundant grace and mercy that flow from the crucified Christ. Let us look to God, knowing that God alone is our hope and salvation.

Looking to God, look to care for one another. Show mercy to one another by living in such a way that others are supported and cared for. If you can, stay home. If you need anything, reach out. Wear a mask. And pray. God is merciful. In Christ, we’ll get through these times together.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Merciful God, forgive our sins. Deliver us from ourselves. Bring wisdom to leaders, courage to health care workers, and peace to us all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Me, masked. Caption: “Hear I Stand. You Stand Over There.” Lutheran humor is the best.

From → COVID-19

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