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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 43 – éleos

éleos is Greek for “mercy” as it is defined by loyalty to God’s covenant; pity; compassion.

God’s éleos is stunning. While reading Nehemiah this week I was again reminded of my need for a Savior and the lengths He goes to prove His love and mercy to us.

In Nehemiah 9 the people confessed their sin and worshipped the Lord for He alone is God.

In verse 6 the people begin praising and praying, rehearsing all the wonderful things the Lord did from Abram to the present, beautifully recounting the mercy of the Lord.

Then in verse 16 their prayer takes a turn.

“But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey Your commandments. They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that You performed among them,”

Pause.

Lord, let us be always mindful of Your wonders.
Never let us stray from the enthralling works of Your hands. 

Resume.

“but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.” -Nehemiah 9:16

Whoa. They wanted to return to slavery, to their chains. To the exhausting labor and endless yelling by evil taskmasters.

How often do I, do we,  go back to our chains? Seeking comfort in the lies and endless labors of Satan and our old life?

May God’s wonders captivate and capture our hearts so much that the old life would lose all appeal and our allegiance would remain with the One who broke our chains, not the one who bound us in them.

“But You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” -Nehemiah 9:17

The mercy of God never ceases (enough said) to blow me away at its drenching, overwhelming enormity. And it doesn’t stop at verse 17. The chapter goes on to recount how God responded in unfathomable mercy to the Israelites even after their sins, disobedience, defiance and rebellion.

Our God is beautiful and rich in éleos. How can we not serve and wholly follow this great King, the real Aslan, who loves us so much He takes pity on us, extending compassion and steadfast love to us even after we rebel?

I hope you experience an outpouring of the love and mercy of God today as you seek to serve Him in all you do.

mercy remains

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