June 5

The Lord waits to be be gracious to you. Isaiah 30:18

So it depends not on human will or exertion,  but on God who shows mercy. Romans 9:16

“May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.” Marianne Williamson

Our Father in heaven is rich in mercy, and though we don’t deserve it and cannot earn it, God forgives our sins. God’s gift of mercy comes to us purely out of his grace and great love for us.

It’s a big, bad world out there, full of day to day living, with jobs to worry about, school to pay for, cars that break down, and…..with all things that seem so important, we come to realize they are like chasing after the wind. The things of this world are destroyed by rust and corruption, and can be taken away in an instant; so maybe they are not quite as meaningful as we once thought.

And then, God reminds us he is still rich in mercy.  When we go off our path so long and so far, that we are almost starving to come back, God is still rich in mercy. God wants us in his kingdom, and He gives us to opportunity to return. We are God’s children and we will always be God’s children. Always.

I am grateful, Lord, that your love does not wait for me to present my good deeds and intentions.  Help me depend more on you and less on myself, remembering that your mercy is new every morning. As you raise me up to a new life, make my life today a blessing for others. Amen.

Sudan Hanson