Words from the Heart for Monday December 5th, 2016
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
Luke 1:50 (NIV)
When we know the power and might of God is working for us, the proper response of our heart ought to be to honour the Lord and obey Him. How can you honour the Lord today? Be mindful of the opportunities to obey the Lord this day.
Friends and neighbours recall them as one of the happiest couples they had ever met. Even after nearly six decades of marriage, Jean and Cecil Brush still held hands, more like love-struck teenagers than a husband and wife in their twilight years. Then, the hallucinations began. Jean Brush says she will never forget the day in early 1994 when her husband, then 80, got out the vacuum cleaner and began trying to suck up imaginary insects he saw crawling across the living-room floor. In the months that followed, Cecil Brush’s behavior became ever more erratic. In a suicide pact gone horribly awry, Jean Brush helped her husband of 58 years to end his life – a mercy killing it is called, but failed in her bid to join him in death. Eventually she appeared in a Hamilton courtroom and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation. She didn’t serve any jail time.
When I was a boy, my friends and I would roughhouse and wrestle. We all knew how to end the match however. All one of us had to do was to cry “uncle” and the other boy would let go. The word uncle was a cry for mercy. That was enough for the stronger one to let go and the match was over. Now that I’m an adult, the wrestling may look a little different, but life can be a challenge. And sometimes it seems that life has us in a head lock. We want to cry “uncle” and we long for life to loosen its hold on us and let us go. In the Magnificat, Mary declares the mercy of God. Luke 1:50 says “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” God is a merciful God. Our sin has divided us from God. He is a God of justice and can’t just ignore our sin. But through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God offers mercy to all who have trusted Him. And it wasn’t just for the period of time that Jesus was on earth. God’s mercy goes from one generation to the next. His mercy extends to every nation and every generation. Including ours. Do you need to experience God’s mercy? Reach out to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith.
These have been words from the heart.