I wrote this one a few years ago, but it’s just so darn cute that I can’t resist another go ’round for it. Besides that, it fits today’s ‘Daily Post Prompt: Mercy.‘
WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
I spot him there, behind the barn,
A full-plumed, regal bird.
He looks up, straight into my eyes.
I speak no single word.
It’s happened thus, in passing years —
At least for two or three:
Each mid-November I’ve set my mind;
He’s been there to greet me.
Now, lifting his head in challenge strong,
He gobbles loud and long.
I lower my gun and heave a sigh:
To kill him would be wrong!
So, wrestling with my double mind,
I trek home to my wife
To explain why, once again this year,
Ham will greet the carving knife.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope: It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23).
Compassion and mercy are one and the same word in the original Greek. Both words refer to feelings and actions that are prompted by love of the subject, regardless of his endeavors or lack thereof. Mercy is a gift, free and clear. When Jesus Christ of Nazareth walked the earth, bringing us the exact image of God, He was “moved with compassion” when He saw hurting people and met their needs. Whether people were sick, in need of deliverance, struggling with sin, or in need of physical sustenance, they called on Jesus for “mercy.” That mercy healed their bodies, delivered them from demonic bondage, forgave their sin, and fed them by supernatural supply.
God is called “the Father of Mercies” in scripture (2 Cor. 1:3). And He says of Himself, “I am the Lord; I change not.” (Mal. 3:6). Jesus Christ is “the same: yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). And just like Jesus, those mercies are the same today as well. Moreover, they are new today — and every day. We do not have to depend on mercy that is left over from yesterday. Nor do we have to worry about using up too much of it today in case we need help tomorrow. His mercies — His compassions — are prepared new — for you — each and every day — with more than enough in place to meet every need. Unfortunately, many of us just let those mercies sit there — waiting — and wasted — while we keep struggling with our own problems independently.
My friend, don’t let that happen to you. Don’t struggle to keep fighting the never-ending battles with your own feeble human knowledge and ability. Connect with God today, through Jesus Christ, and let His mercies fill your life, meet your needs, and make you whole.
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