“Blessed Are the Merciful”
Mercy leads to mercy leads to mercy leads to mercy…
O God, we praise you for and we celebrate the mercy that you have lavished upon us; for you in your holiness to extend such grace to us that we are accepted and forgiven by you is incredible, especially when we know that we did nothing—indeed, that we can do nothing—to deserve it.
Remind us, we ask, even in our embarrassment at having to ask, to rejoice in your mercy.
O God, we acknowledge that the reception of such mercy does, or at least should, motivate and move us to extend mercy to those who have wronged or hurt us—after all, any affront committed against us by a peer can hardly compare to those committed by us against you.
Empower us, we ask, even as we repent of our failures to do so, to lavish mercy on others as it has been lavished on us.
O God, we acknowledge that, as we receive your mercy and as we extend your mercy to others, we become more and more able to receive mercy both from you and from other people.
Open us, we ask, even as we mourn the ways and places that we are closed, better to have your mercy flow into us and then out of us to others.
After all, mercy leads to mercy leads to mercy leads to mercy…
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7).