Mercy

Good morning. It is pre-Friday, October 30, 2014.

Today is Checklist Day. So make your checklist, and then check that off of your list.

Well, the Giants won the World Series, winning game 7, 3-2. It was a well-fought game, with great pitching on both sides. In a move of managerial brilliance, the Giants brought in their ace, Madison Bumgarner, after only two days rest. He mowed down Royals like nobody’s business. Time to start counting days to Spring Training. Baseball is over for another year.

I’m going in early again today. And I stayed late yesterday. We are snowed under, right now, and can’t seem to dig ourselves out. I keep hearing it’s going to slow down when we get into the holiday season. Bring it on, please! 🙂

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From The Divine Hours)

The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
Psalm 99:1
Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.
Psalm 106:47
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Psalm 33:8
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.

Psalm 125:1-3

Today’s Gospel Reading

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.”
Matthew 12:38-42

We should no longer be looking for “signs” from God. Jesus is the sign.

Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “Breaking the Primitive Concept.”

“According to Hosea, God is willing to maintain the relationship even when his spouse has become an adulteress or a prostitute.” This is brought forward into the New Testament, as the woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus. The people expected Jesus to judge her. “She has been unfaithful, and this divine posture embodied in leadership would stone her.” The Pharisees want just first, only being interested in “the contract.” “The person is expendable in this primitive concept of God.” Sadly, there is still much of this attitude in today’s “churches.”

“But in the man Jesus we see the actual face of God–one in keeping with the whole Old Testament revelation.” He is interested in the woman. “His love moves one step beyond justice and proves more salvific than spelling out the ground rules all over again.”

“The revelation of God’s love comes to full term in Jesus Christ who declares that God is Father.” He calls all of us to the same “Father-Son relationship” that he shares. Paul echoes this in Romans when he says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Romans 8:15)

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.”
Mathew 7:1-2

Father, help us to show more mercy than judgment. Help us to show grace to a lost world, that we might make more disciples for you. Teach us your way, that we may walk in your truth, and in so walking, not be more interested in judgment than mercy. You have proven over and over again that you desire mercy. How then, can we not show mercy, especially after we have been shown such mercy in our lives??

I pray for this day, that we would have safe passage to work and back. I pray that the work day will go smoothly. I pray, too, that we might be able to get caught up a bit at my job, today. I pray for Stephanie. Father, show her your overwhelming love today. Draw her closer to you.

You have given us mercy. May we show mercy, in return.

We all need to learn that mercy trumps judgment. We are still too quick to judge.

Grace and peace, friends.

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