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Mercy-FULL in 2022
Thursday, February 10, 2022 by Barbara

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

Ouch!

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. 


Comments

Kathy From Hope, NJ At 2/17/2022 11:07:05 AM

So well-said, Barbara. I love hearing your thoughts!

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thanks, Kathy!

Mitchell H Milch From Fair Lawn At 2/15/2022 5:49:43 AM

Thank you Barbara. Love is an action verb that with mindfulness can become a spiritual discipline. The idea that one bestowed with God's Grace will spontaneously begin loving his/her neighbors may be for many a futile wish.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Absolutely, Mitchell. It'd be lovely if such action was spontaneous but it takes a conscious decision on our part to act.

Maude From Totowa, New Jersey At 2/11/2022 12:57:51 PM

Good food for thought, then to act upon. Thanks, Barbara.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

Thank you, Maude!

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