In gratitude for God's mercy

Sometimes we look back over the past, or review certain incidents in our lives, and feel wonder and gratitude for the way we were saved from danger, or led through deep waters of indecision, by a power apparently beyond ourselves. Some people call that influence "luck" or "chance." Some look upon it as human coincidence. While others are intuitively convinced it was through the mercy of God, divine wisdom, that they were helped. As one Bible writer commented, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not." Lam. 3:22;

Mercy is a very precious attribute of God's nature. The Bible refers to it many times in adoring terms, often coupling it with divine grace. "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name," sang the Psalmist. And he continues farther on, "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy." Ps. 103:1, 8; Such grateful thought of God's grace and mercy is repeated in the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

June 5, 1978

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