Grace is so undeserved and sometimes so is mercy! I have received both many times in my life. I am happy to say that one friend of mine REALLY showed me mercy and I was sad that so many other people tried to fix it with platitudes, wishful thinking and false comments of hope(unfortunately, I have been down this road before).
I am sure they meant well and now it is my turn to show them mercy. My one friend showed me more mercy than I have probably ever received in a lifetime by validating my hurt, hurting with me and she even said, "I am hurting for you!" Sometimes we just need someone to listen.
Some of you have recently read on my Face book page that Chris and I are in sort of a weird, uncomfortable job/money situation. No, not debt because we paid that off a few years okay, but no job for Chris after he just finished a teaching program to become certified to teach. Also, I only work 60% so a little more than half time as a teacher but, this is not enough money to live off of despite no debt.
My point is that WE RECEIVED GRACE and MERCY...how? Well, our tax refund combined with my income and what is left of our savings will allow us live with a tiny and I mean tiny bit of wiggle room FOR AT LEAST 8 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!! This is if Chris doesn't get a job and I stay the same in my job status.
I can't believe how the Lord works! I would not have thought that this is how it would be (presently), but I am so thankful for serving a faithful and loving God. I never stopped being faithful to Him or trusting Him, I just struggled at times with both. I was disappointed, confused, and I hurt for Chris. Trusting God in the hardest trials of life is just, well--plain HARD. Grace is the mercy He provides during this time.
May we ALL learn to act like God when others are hurting...I know I have room for improvement.