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Monday Morning Reminder (4)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.

springdayDid you see that story in the news last week — the one about the teenagers in a drive-thru praying and comforting a grieving woman? It gave me chills. It’s something you don’t see all that often. Strangers connecting. Strangers reaching out. Touching one another in a healing & comforting way. Praying for each other right then & right there. It seems like something we should do more of, don’t you think? Keeping our ears & our eyes, and our hearts open to see the people in front of us, and recognizing what they may need as we cross paths.

This week, I’m hoping to do a little more of that: a little more of being open to God in the people in my path, and being open to seeing what they may need — and how I can help them.

Because to me, 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.

About a year ago or so, I knew I wanted to see these words more often in my life, and I wanted to repeat them more often during the day, so I had a bracelet made with these words so that I could see it, and pray it in those moments — basically on repeat all throughout the day.

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I haven’t been wearing that bracelet very often lately, but I’m going to put it back on this week, and I’m going to get back into the habit of saying this prayer throughout the day. Will you join me?

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.