Day Nine: Asking for Mercy
Be gracious to us, O Lord, be gracious to us.
For we are greatly filled with contempt.
Our soul is greatly filled
with the scoffing of those who are at ease,
and with the contempt of the proud.
Psalm 123: 3-4
As we travel farther on our journey we can become irritated with our traveling companions. Moving toward God often takes us toward others. Can we see them as He does?
If we would really help those close to us and dear, and If we would learn to live together with our family and “neighbors” in the power of the kingdom, we must abandon the deeply rooted human practice of condemning and blaming. This is what Jesus means when He says, “Judge not.” He is telling us that we should, and we can, become the kind of person who does not condemn or blame others. As we do so, the power of God’s kingdom will be more freely available to bless and guide those around us into His ways. Dallas Willard
What if you discovered that the least of the brethren of Jesus, the one who needs your love the most, the one who you can help the most by loving, the one whom your love would be the most meaningful – what if you discovered that the least of the brethren of Jesus . . . is you? Carl Jung
In everything, keep trusting that God is with you, that God has given you companions for the journey. Henry Nouwen
Can we love God without loving people?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.