How do we find our way to mercy?

Mercy: noun;

  • compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone
  • an event to be grateful for, especially because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering


On Sunday, a few of my housemates and I attended First Grace United Methodist Church. I was personally drawn to the church because we were told that the pastor is very “social justice-y,” and y’all know how much I like that. Pastor Shawn preached on community (which made all of us wonder if he had talked to our Site Coordinator), and he asked “how do we find our way to mercy?”

This question really resonated with me because mercy is something I’ve never been good at, particularly for myself. We talked a lot at YAV orientation about having grace for yourself, which is one of my goals for this year. I’m the kind of person that has to has just about everything planned out before it happens and if something doesn’t go the way I planned it, I think it’s a disaster; when in reality, it’s really fine.

For example, on Tuesday I was tasked with making a dinner from my childhood for my housemates and my site coordinator, and then talking about my entire life. To say I was stressed/panicking/worried leading up to this, would be an understatement. I was worried about getting all the ingredients for dinner, having enough time to make it after work, and whether or not it would turn out ok.  So as i’m panicking and moving around the kitchen like a chicken with it’s head cut off, my housemate Regi just goes, “I mean…what’s Dan going to do if he gets here and dinner isn’t ready immediately? Smack it off the stove? No.” And honestly, while it was silly and funny, that was literally exactly what I needed to hear. Someone, the voice of reason, calming me down and assuring me that everything would be ok.

So what i’m getting at in all of this is that grace for others is so important, but grace for yourself is just as important, and in a lot of cases, way harder to manage.


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