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Ash Wednesday

Psalm 5:7

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.

I am reflecting on mercy.

Mercy describes steadfast love, a gift from G-D, His loyalty and His covenant to all who accept HIM. In Hebrew, Chesed, means unfailing love, love that never leaves us, and is new every morning.

I acknowledge that I am not deserving of G-D’s mercy. It is a gift. Without HIS mercy, I could not and would not be able to survive the storms of this life. How could I refuse to then extend mercy, that unconditional love that I am blessed to have received?

No one has sinned against me to the degree that I have sinned against G-D. Yet, how quickly do we forget or choose to not forgive others?

How could we not share unfailing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness? In HIS unfailing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness, I am forgiven and G-D’s justifiable wrath does not destroy me. Mercy rewrites my life.

Prayer: L-RD, thank YOU for the gifts of mercy, unfailing love, grace, forgiveness, and compassion. Reveal to me this day how I may serve YOU, to share compassion, YOUR love, to be gracious to all, that YOUR will be done, none of me—all of YOU.

In Christ,



An ecumenical ministry of Christian Care at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.

New Beginnings Worshipping Community is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA)

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