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Mercy.

 

I always thought mercy was just about reducing punishment, like a judge can show mercy when giving sentence, or when someone does us wrong we can show mercy and be kind to them instead of getting upset. Then, several years ago, as I was beginning my healing journey, a priest told me, "Trust in God's mercy and love for you." I wasn't sure what he meant but I knew that my definition of mercy didn't fit quite right in this context and I was watching for a better definition.

 

I found it in Pope St. John Paul II's - The Love That Satisfies, where he writes: "mercy" comes from the Latin word "misericordia," which means "a heart which gives itself to those in misery."  Bingo! Now I had the right definition, but it took a long time for me to be able to believe that God had mercy for me because I had so much pain and crud to work through I couldn't see His mercy. Now I can, and I am speechless; reduced to tears of pure joy that is so deep and so strong that I cannot put it into words.... and I want to share it with everyone!

Jesus sent a message about Divine Mercy (God's Mercy) through St. Faustina Kowalska, and it is His Mercy that has the power to heal anything that causes us misery. Thomas Moore said: "Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal," and this is true! Crowder echoes this message in his beautiful song, "Come as you are." This is what I want to offer to anyone who is hurting and needs a safe place to explore the painful parts of their life. Come as you are ~ and let's work together to make things better.

I lived several decades in denial of the misery I was experiencing from PTSD connected to childhood abuse and sexual assault until everything fell apart with a mid-life crisis. Thank God for mid-life crises! I learned that God doesn't love us because we are perfect, but "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18. Without the trauma, abuse, and neglect I've experienced I would have had less opportunity to experience God's merciful and saving love for me.

Making that first phone call to set up a counseling appointment was one of the scariest things I've ever done. It was also one of the most fruitful things I've ever done, especially receiving EMDR Therapy for trauma & PTSD. The freedom I have in my life now is the fruit of many encounters with many people, each of whom contributed to my healing and growth. Even people who abused me or treated me poorly have helped me to become stronger, to become the person God created me to be! If we are open to it, we can learn from every experience we have in a day.

"All who come into our lives are artisans. They are there to shape, fashion, form, and test us." St. John of the Cross -

If you'd like to be treated with radical mercy, compassion, and understanding, to be seen and heard, and loved just as you are, give me a call. A better life is possible.

May you come to know God's abundant mercy and love for you!

Having some fun with my granddaughter/photographer.

Becky Ward  ~  becky@tendingthevineyard.com   ~  503-857-0514