Kind Mercy Wins

June 23, 2019: James 2-5.

 

James 2:13, “For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.” The Message

She was standing by the outer door when we pushed the code to leave the nursing home. She was still wearing the red, white, and blue lei that Bev passed out during the service.

“I don’t see my car,” she said. “I can just walk, my mother lives over in those apartments.”

We coaxed her back into the nursing home. She wandered around the hall.

We asked Vivian, a member of our team, about her. Vivian told us she had just lost her husband and moved into the home.

We punched the code again and walked out. The automatic door stayed open too long and she slipped out again. As we walked back toward her, she burst into tears.

“I can’t find my husband.”

I put my arm around her and promised we would help. Back in the hall again, David asked about her children. (Thank God he knew her!) He told her we got married on the same day as her daughter.

David kept asking her questions and I went to the break room to find a nurse. The nurse distracted her and we were able to leave.

“…when we fail to count our blessings, we rob ourselves of the happiness, the peace, and the gratitude that should rightfully be ours. … ‘So much has been given me, I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied,’ Helen Keller.”

“Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women,” June 23

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God Knows A Person’s Thoughts

June 22, 2019: Acts 15; James 1.

 

Acts 15:8, “And God, who can’t be fooled by any pretense on our part but always knows a person’s thoughts…” The Message

I’m mad.

A million tiny things grew into a haystack. I’m buried, wheezing, and suffocating.

“Write it down.”

I had to get it off my chest. I opened up Microsoft Word and typed, “Why am I mad?” in 72-point font. Then I listed 20 things I’m mad about. Of course, they are all David’s fault. 😉

I felt better and started my day.

“Delete the page.”

What, God? No, he needs to fix these things! I ignored that still small voice and went on to my next task.

“Type, ‘I forgive you,’ after each point.”

That I can do! I felt better after that and a little self-righteous. (Yes, I know that is wrong.)

“Now, act as if you have forgiven him.”

That one was harder but I did it.

“Send an email to resolve #16.”

I sent the email. When David got off work, I mentioned the email. We sent the same email from his address. Later, I casually talked about #17 and #18. They can be handled with one phone call.

“Poet Christina Rossetti had this sound advice. ‘Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad.’ It’s better to forget than regret.”

“Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women,” June 22

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