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Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday, and for me, I did a lot of reflecting on God’s merciful love for me — and how my husband shows me that love and mercy, too.

This week, I’m going to be thinking about how I can be the face of mercy to others in my life — to my husband, first and foremost, to our (future!) children, our families & closest friends, and even, just anyone I come in contact with on any given day.

Mercy isn’t just about forgiveness, but also about compassion. It’s not about waiting for a moment when mercy is appropriate, but bringing that mercy to all moments. Bringing that mercy into your words, your actions, your presence. And for me, that can be a challenge in itself. But the more I work on it intentionally, the more I can begin to embody it.

To intentionally work on becoming the face of mercy, myself, I have to look into the real & true Face of Mercy, the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. And I have to meditate on Him. Like all good virtues, I believe, I need to spend more time with Him to become better at any of them.

And I need to grow more in my trust for Him, in Him, — to truly be able to grasp the mercy He has for me, and for me to truly be able to practice that mercy in my own life.

“Jesus, I trust in You.” Or, really, “Jezu ufam Tobie.”

These were the words across the Divine Mercy image that hangs in my Polish grandmother’s guest bedroom — an image I’ve had in my life since I can remember. And it wasn’t until maybe 5 years ago or so that I actually knew what it meant!

But I always knew what that image looked like, and I always knew the Polish words that were printed on it.And now, I see how God’s mercy has been waiting for me to be ready to see it. And He has been waiting for me to be able to accept it (still working on that!), and to become merciful in my own daily life (I’ll always be working on that!).

Those three, or four, words, are very comforting to me because I’ve always known them, and very meaningful to me now that I really know them.

 

Jesus, I Trust in You.

Jesus, I trust in You. I trust that You will lead me today to the places and people where I need to be, where I need to love, where I need to serve. I trust You’ll give me everything I need to accomplish these things, and to give your love and mercy to those closest to me. I trust You’re with me every single moment of the day, especially in the darkest moments. I trust that You have a plan for me and my life, and that You also know the desires of my heart, and that Your plan is for my good. I trust that your plans are always for my good and that your ways are always for me. Jesus, I trust that even my pain and suffering, and heartache, are meaningful to you, so I trust You will use them for your glory. I trust you will not allow me to endure hard things without bringing about better things, even if I cannot see them now or in this world. Amen.