“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
Although in my formative years I may have given God good reason to “smite” me, instead he showed me mercy. Even as an adult, I sometimes forget his GREAT love and abundant mercies; and wonder when I will be struck down in my sinfulness. How I quickly I all too often forget the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance; and the grace God has for me there!
Yet with great love and mercy God pulled me from my deep pit of sin, hopelessness, and despair. His mercy was evident in the opportunities to grow in faith placed before me, such as Bible study, daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at my parish, and a wise spiritual director. Although in my formative years I may have given God good reason to “smite” me, instead he showed me mercy. Allowing his compassion to wash over me and move within me accomplished far more than keeping me from becoming a pile of ash and soot. This openness to his mercy—to communicating with the true God through prayer, the sacraments, and Scripture—saved me.
All Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2016
First appeared as a part of Pauline Books & Media's 7 Qualities of Mercy series #YearofMercy