I mean, I think I do. Christians are supposed to know what this means. It’s one of the primary words in Christianese. It’s jargon, A word you toss around when you’re in the know.
But I don’t think I know. And I’m not sure anyone does.
When you know something, it’s because you’re familiar with it. You have an understanding of it. You’re intimate with it. Farmers know about crops and irrigation. Captains know about ships and sailing, the currents of the ocean, and its many moods. Painters know about light, and pigments. As a writer, I know about grammar, and when it’s better avoided. I know about words, and how to employ them.
But what do I know about mercy? What does anyone know about being forgiven over and over? What does any person know about living without the threat of disapproval? The constant reacceptance upon admission of failure? The endless, and I do mean endless, stream of sanctifying grace?
I’m not sure if I do.
But I want to.
What’s Five Minute Friday?
A blog-prompt project dreamt up by LisaJo Baker, which you can read about here. The basic idea is that you spend five minutes of writing, generally unedited (I correct typos, WAY too OCD not to do that), on a prompt that she provides just after ten p.m. via a tweet, then spread the word, and link up. Interested? Join up. Enjoy a delightful assortment by clicking on the picture to the right.
- Mercy #fmfparty (ambernow.wordpress.com)
- Mercy – Five Minute Friday (learningadventurer.wordpress.com)
- Five Minute Friday: Mercy (mypajamadays.com)
- Five Minute Friday MERCY (thetravelerswife.com)
- Mercy (Five Minute Friday) (ourfajita.wordpress.com)
- Five Minute Friday – Mercy (jessicaleejourney.wordpress.com)