In the Gospels when someone asks Jesus to have mercy on them they are asking Him to share of himself, that they might be made whole. As one body of Christ, and as a part of the larger body of Christ, that is our calling, God’s vision for our church.
A little over a month ago Jenn Lebow began Mercy Mondays on her blog. I have been meaning to join in ever since but this week’s prompt really got me thinking. She asked about groups or organization who are spreading mercy. This, of course, made me think of Bethany, and whether or not we are spreading mercy. I thought about God’s vision for our church and realized that sharing mercy, in the Gospel sense, was really what it was all about. But are we following God’s vision for us?
The answer is a “Yes and…” Yes, we have people sharing the gifts and experiences God has given them. “And” we are going to continue to get better at doing so.
“Yes” we had a member talking about his past struggles, sharing how the mercy of this congregation has helped him have another chance. “And” others will learn to share how they have experienced mercy because of him and his sharing.
“Yes” we had a member share the ministry he experienced with prisoners, how through these imprisoned men God spoke to him and showed him what freedom looked like. “And” because of his sharing others have started seeking their own freedom.
“Yes” our doors have opened for the homeless, both literally and spiritually. “And” they have had the chance to find themselves, and helped me find myself.
That’s the great thing about being an organization of mercy, the mercy cycles back around, and continues to spread out. It grows, so fast that we think it will have to stop soon. In fact, it can be scary thinking that it will. But it doesn’t. It just spreads, going wider and deeper all at the same time.
I’m realizing that “Yes” we are an organization the acts out mercy and holds mercy as a core value. “And” we will continue to grow in that mercy, allowing it to deepen us as it widens to draw others in.