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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