A merciful God …

“God is all mercy and grace – not quick to anger, is rich in love.” Psalm 145:8image

A politician made a comment about how God showed disapproval of the nation through weather-related disasters. Perhaps the statement was merely a poor analogy of an exceptionally bad year of disasters in the form of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, forest fires, and an earthquake.

Years ago, my husband and I helped with disaster relief for a family from our church whose little bungalow flooded when the Big Blue River in Nebraska went over a half mile out of its banks. Members from church took everything out of the home and tried to save the furniture, a TV, linens, clothing, etc. by painstakingly scrubbing, washing, and disinfecting each item. Those who couldn’t help with their hands prayed that the house would be inhabitable again.

I don’t believe God shows anger through weather conditions caused by the complex phenomena of creation. However, I do see God’s mercy, love, and grace through the way people respond to the needs of people they have never met. Charles Dickens said it this way, “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”

Dear Lord, help us pour out love and compassion to those experiencing external, or internal, storms. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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