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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,

JKD

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