Webster defines mercy as the disposition to forgive. God¹s disposition to forgive endures forever is what the psalmist keeps chanting. This is an eternal aspect of The Godhead. God IS merciful. He has an everlasting tendancy to forgive us–to have mercy. This is comforting, and is in co-balance with his Justice. But both are eternal.
His Mercy is a humbling meditation. It implies our deserving something less, that there has already been an infraction something that would issue forth mercy. Something which deserves to be punished.
The word mercy has both masculine and feminine dimensions–both carving, initiating/ and opening, receiving dimensions of God. (Best to play my way into it with a poem..or two)
with both woman and man parts of God
mercy–the warm m, and slicey c.
With justice, we see knife and law,
but with mercy, there is this soft strength
not soft as in weak, but as sea is soft
Grace also has power, and the femininity of love
(the grace to be is the one i wanted)
grace is sufficient–that sense of completion
(what do we know of dependence?)
charm, form favour…grace
but also Jesus as Grace and Truth.
the T gives truth away as sturdy
spiking out, dividing, carving, but
the g, r and the c of grace make us wonder how
it could be also a power word
There are different types of power
In Him, one Word,
Us and Him warmly carving
God carves His Love into
the universe with His Son
who is both knife and bandage
who is both intervention
who reveals both father and mother
God suaves the universe
in graceful streaks
And we who
hardly remember our names
were meant for love.
He forms, redeems, calls back
names and re-forms
us, born knowing
love as tumble act of Grace
in our garden,
given to tend
with our spokey fingers
and warm round hearts, the universe