And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Today’s “filling” is a little harder because it’s more than an attitude—it’s an attitude with feet. When I considered my desire to grow in mercy, I sensed some tension. I realized this was more than an honorable thought, to be mercy-FULL I will need to step out and act. I will have to do something.

When I wrote about being mindful two weeks ago, I said I didn’t want to live my life on autopilot. Being mindful includes an increased awareness of the needs around me… and responding to them. I love to be busy in my head, not so much with my hands and feet.

Yes, we can pray for people with needs, but we know what James says about that,

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2:15-17


Becoming mercy-FULL will stretch us. Will you join me in moving from the safety of the sofa to step out and support those who are hurting? Let’s touch, feed, give, host, listen, pray better in 2022. 

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