November 3, 2016
Hasn’t this been the most incredible, beautiful autumn ever? The snow-lovers among us might be getting a bit antsy, but for the warm-blooded ones, it’s as if the winter spirits have had mercy on us, extending the warm days and allowing the leaves to change so gradually that we have time to drink in the colors.
Speaking of mercy, what a great topic for Sunday! It’s an interesting word. One dictionary defines it as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”
It’s a word used in every spiritual tradition that I know anything about, both in describing a merciful Higher Power and in calling people to practice mercy. I invite you to reflect on what mercy means to you and whether it is something you consciously practice in your life, and if so, how?
To paraphrase Shakespeare:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It drops as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesses the one that gives and the one that takes.
Love and Beauty and Autumn Blessings to you,