Five Minute Friday — Mercy

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out — not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. I’m proud to be one of the hundreds of bloggers who take part each week and look forward to reading what others write. It’s always a treat reading different interpretations on a common word.

This week’s prompt is MERCY.

Here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

Lord, have mercy on me.

I say that little prayer each time I take the bread during communion. I know at that moment — and just about always — I don’t deserve mercy, but I do ask for the Lord’s compassion over me, a sinner.

While sharing the cup, I always add, Lord I am not worthy to receive You, but say the word and my soul will be healed.

Another request for mercy.

Mercy acknowledges our role as an offender, someone not worthy of saving but saved nonetheless. It’s humbling. Its subservient. It’s a request for an act of kindness and compassion.

But we also have to give mercy to those who wrong us. We have the power to show mercy, to forgive, to emulate our Savior. How often do we fail … STOP

… there as well.

Lord, have mercy on me.

Well, that’s it for another week.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Keeping your eye too closely on the future may obscure present opportunities.


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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Mercy

  1. Becca says:

    Hello, I’ve come by from five minute Friday – thought provoking and good to remember that as well as being called to show mercy, we are also in constant need of receiving it. Puts us all back down to the same level somehow. Thanks for sharing!

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