Words from the Heart for Thursday December 9th, 2021

He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.

Luke 1:54 (NLT)

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Merciful

The first female chartered accountant in British Columbia had a very appropriate name – Mercy Ellen Crehan. A 1925 Maclean’s Magazine article tells about how Mrs. Crehan had to plead before a judge and in front of her peers to prove that she had the goods to be granted the Chartered Accountant designation. According to the article “she was fighting, not for corporal freedom or material gain, but for that which to her was infinitely more precious, the right to practise her profession. She won with five words— ‘But as a competent accountant.’”

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I don’t have any experience with standing before a judge waiting to be sentenced, but I can imagine a person who is would be praying that the judge would be merciful. Even when we recognize our own guilt, and perhaps most particularly when we know how guilty we are, we cry out for mercy. In Luke 1:54, Mary the mother of Jesus reminds us that God desires to offer mercy. In spite of our sin and disobedience, the Lord comes to us to offer mercy freely – that’s called grace. Mary proclaims “He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.” Mary knew the longing in the people of Israel for the Messiah. They had been disobedient and sinful, but at the same time they longed for the freedom from sin and bondage that only their God could bring. And every time they turned their hearts back to Him, he provided mercy and redemption. He does for us as well. It doesn’t matter how sinful we have been, how far we have wandered from the Lord – through Jesus Christ He offers His forgiveness and His undeserved and unlimited mercy.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley