pews and sidewalks
July 10, 2017

Seeds Of Mercy

By: Michelle Ankrum [Marshalltown, IA]

As the chapel service ended, the conference pastor left us with a challenge:

to sow seeds of mercy in the people around us every day. I was stumped. What could I do for someone else that would have an impact? I pushed that thought to the back of my mind as the conference continued.

What does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8b (NRSV)

During chapel the next day, we spent an hour in silence with Jesus. All the things I had been struggling with felt so small compared to Jesus’ sacrifice for me. I burst into tears. Suddenly, I felt an arm pull me close. I turned to see a girl I had never met comforting me. Then, as quickly as she had appeared, she was gone. But her quiet seeds of mercy had turned my day around.

TRY IT: Showing the love and mercy of Christ outside of our own faith community can be hard, especially if we encounter ridicule or judgment from others. But being a Christian is a 24/7 commitment. Go to church and grow closer to Christ, but don’t stop there! Smile at the shy girl in the hall. Pray for a frustrated parent at the mall. Muster up the courage to talk to a friend who is questioning his faith. Transform your social media posts into prayers or notes of encouragement. How can you sow seeds of mercy each day?

Act on It

Do you have a prayer partner? Invite someone you trust to meet with you at least once a week. Pray for help to share your joys, struggles, questions, and prayers as you encourage each other to grow closer to God.

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