Webster’s says it is: 1) compassion or forbearance shown to an offender or subject; clemency or kindness extended to someone instead of strictness or severity; 2) a blessing regarded as an act of divine favor or compassion; 3) relief of distress; compassion shown to victims of misfortune. In the New Testament one of the words sometimes translated “mercy” but more often “lovingkindness” is: chesed, which is defined as goodness or kindness.
Mercy…is what is needed now more than ever in our world and nation; not storming the doors in the frenzy of Black Friday or the tossing aside of wrappings and unwanted gifts of Xmas. Oh, yes, that’s it – Xmas the systematic removal of the meaning of what is meant for humanity during the season of Christmas. It is mercy that God shows to humanity and we are called to show it to one another. Not as obligation but as a way of living. Not rules but lifestyle.
I still want to be surprised and delighted. I don’t even want to think that I will get anything. I’d rather give – give to those who deserve mercy and who don’t expect it from the world.
Don’t wait until the last minute – go now – give away mercy. Be light in darkness. Kindness in the midst of meanness. Show mercy. Live out these words: (Micah 6:8) O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.