It’s my favorite writing day of the week! It’s that party to end all parties with the uber-brave writing crew of Five Minute Friday! You know the drill: you write for five minutes on the prompt given, with no editing or backtracking, then you link up with all the other writers (yes, that means you) at http://www.lisajobaker.com. That’s where you can find all the fine print, should you want to play along. Ready, set, go!
“Lawd, have mercy!” I can still hear my Grandma saying that. And Uncle Jesse on “Full House”: “Have mercy!” Usually it came up when things in life got difficult or confusing.
We like to toss that word around a lot and yet I think we don’t understand what we’re talking about.
I once heard grace described as “getting the good things you don’t deserve” and mercy described as “NOT getting the bad things you DO deserve”. That’s how I learned to tell them apart. If that’s true, then every single day of my life is full of mercy because I? Am a sinner. What I deserve is punishment, death even. Yet somebody took that punishment for me so I don’t have to suffer for what I’ve done. He went willingly to take my place.
Mercy came running like a prisoner set free,
Past all my failures to the point of my need.
When the sin that I carried was all I could see,
When I could not reach Mercy,
Mercy came running to me.
“Mercy Came Running” Phillips, Craig and Dean
Now it’s your turn. Let’s see what you’ve got!