Mercy and Grace

Posted: January 7, 2013 in Short Stories about GOD, Uncategorized
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I do not exactly know if this title will fit this story or not, but when I sat down to write I found myself saying Mercy and Grace. To be honest I find myself saying it more and more. Especially in this time of helping Johnny and his family. And another factor why I say it is I believe in my heart that we as followers of Christ we are to extend the same measure of mercy and grace Christ extends to us to our fellow man or woman. I know we are human and Christ is God, but we are still supposed to do our best. Boy do I fall short and I think in my mind, if I say Mercy and Grace to myself over and over again especially when a situation arises that needs it, that I will get better at extending mercy and grace. You can call it power of Christ thinking if you will.

Walt my best friend and the best man at my wedding, before my wedding when I would I would get anxious told me to say ponies and beer, and me not knowing his humor started hearing from people why is Bart saying ponies and beer so much. Well Walt approached me and suggested on my wedding day that I change my phrase to mercy and grace, so I did. I guess ponies and beer would be good for a person at a hose track, but for a Christian at my wedding mercy and grace be more appropriate. It was all done in good humor though.

With Johnny, Martha and three teenage kids I do finding myself saying it more. I even find myself saying it in situation with my father in law who lives with us. I have even been encouraging Mary my wife and Joe her dad with it (mercy and grace), Having nine(9) people in one house, under one roof, that conflicts arise, And I left out my own daughter , that makes 9 people. But situations happen, conflicts arise, personalities clash, someone says the wrong thing or says nothing that causes conflicts, we can go on and on in why I find myself saying mercy and grace. But here’s a thought or question that I personally don’t have an answer for; we have all these situations like that I have mentioned that need mercy and grace and they all seem to be negative or if you will in crisis, Is there ever a reason or cause to extend mercy and grace in a positive situation.  For me personally I find myself extending mercy and grace most only when I’m in a tough situation of a place of ill comfort.

I apologize that I do not have scripture. This was a reoccurring thought that I was having while sitting, drinking coffee and reflecting over the past month or so. Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments are welcome.


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  1. Prayer my friend prayer.

  2. This is great, Bart. I am immediately adopting ‘Mercy and Grace’ as my catch phrase throughout the day. I ask the Lord to help bring those words to mind instead of the occassional cuss word that pops into my head when something hard happens or when I slam my finger in the door. (No, I don’t say it out loud. Well, at least when the kids aren’t around). I can’t think of any better words to say over and over. Thanks for this…:)

    • adopted80 says:

      Thank you for your feed back. I tell you I fall short alot but I or my wife cathes me and I”ll remember mercy an grace . Glad it helped you. Oh and by the way ,the only time I say it out loud mostly is when someone catches me. lol

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Lamentations 3:22-23

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