“Lord, have mercy!”
Many of us have been praying that simple prayer the last few days for the folks in Orlando, Florida. We pray it because we truly believe that the best source of comfort can only come
from the Lord, Jesus Christ.
We pray it because it reminds us that the very nature and character of Christ is one of mercy. We pray as an appeal to the only one capable of softening the crippling effects of darkness and wickedness.
The Lord, Jesus Christ, lived a life that was a constant display of caring and concern for others. He showed mercy to the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the despised, and the disillusioned. He went out of his way to help folks that were disconnected to become reconnected by being a conduit of God’s mercy, grace and love.
We pray today and will continue to pray tomorrow, ‘Lord, have mercy” because we know little else can be prayed in times like this. Mercy is what we are claiming and clinging to.
Where do you turn when you don’t know where to turn?
One of the places that I go to for comfort in times like this is the 23rd Psalm. I am reminded in these beautiful poetic words that I have a Shepherd watching over me. I have the precious promise that through the darkest of days and the bleakest of nights I am safe in his presence.
I am praying that the Lord will reveal his presence to all who hurt, all that are filled with anger, outrage, and are seeking to make sense out of the senseless. My prayer for us all is “Lord, have mercy!”
As I pray that simple prayer I am reminded of Psalm 23:6 that says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”