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Be Merciful

When George H. W. Bush was Vice President, he was sent to represent the United Sates at the funeral of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

According to Gary Thomas who related the story in Christianity Today, Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow

Mrs. Brezhnev’s stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev’s wife performed an act of great courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of civil disobedience ever committed: She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest. Continue reading


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“Be Merciful To Me, O God”

A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death.

“But I don’t ask for justice,” the mother explained. “I plead for mercy.”

“But your son does not deserve mercy,” Napoleon replied Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Merciful

Mercy.Word“Lord, have mercy!”

It’s an expression I heard frequently as a boy when we went “down to the country.”   “Lord, have mercy!”

I can remember hearing my Granny Key say it.  “Lord, have mercy!”

I also remember ten men in the Bible saying it too.  “Jesus, Master, Have Mercy on Us”. Continue reading

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When Mercy is Rejected…Then What?

“Could you please speak more on this subject of mercy? Asked one of my readers.  She was referring to my post on August 13th


The reader further commented and questioned: “You say in the next to last paragraph that you can either retaliate or resolve. Are there any other options like just no contact with the person(s) you feel wronged by?   What if no matter what is said there will be no changes in the relationship?

Excellent question!  What’s the answer? Continue reading


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I recently read about an 80-year-old woman who was arrested for shoplifting. When she appeared in court, the Judge asked her, “What did you steal?”

“A can of peaches,” She replied.

When the Judge asked her why, she said that she was hungry. “How many peaches were in the can?” asked the Judge.


The Judge said, “Then I will give you six days in jail.”

Before the Judge could pronounce the sentence, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked if he could say something. Continue reading


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