Thursday, February 10, 2011

RTT: Mercy

At least I think it's Thursday.  It's been almost 2 weeks that kids have more or less been out of school and church has been canceled due to Snowklahoma that I can't really remember what day it is now.

What time is it: 851A

Where am I: in the lovely light-filled dining room that is now complete with FURNITURE!

Listening to: Johnny Test on the TV in the living room and Isa's toenails tapping on the window sill as she nervously surveys the comings and goings of squirrels.

Thoughts: We're settling in here with our new family dynamics, though we thought that two weeks in we'd have more school under our belt (than ZERO days) and a bit more of a routine together. However, C reminded me the other day that everything happens for a reason. And I think she's right because some good learning moments for all have come from hours upon hours of forced togetherness.

I'm immensely grateful to all of you who have texted, emailed, and called to give words of encouragement.  I cannot express how much that has meant to me.

We watched the Blind Side last night, C, LK and myself. It was everything I could do to not boo hoo my way through that one. Especially now.

I drove past a church on Tuesday whose sign read:
Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy
And I smiled.  But it wasn't so much because I think that through my actions here I will be racking up some extra karma for the times when I'm unbearable.  And while I believe in some very real ways we will be shown mercy through some of what we're doing here, I think the main point of this is that because I have been shown mercy, I can't not be merciful.

C asked me once why we're doing this.  Why her, why now.

"Because I have God that has redeemed me, picked me up, and given me second chances," I said.

In other words, because I've been shown mercy.


Kayla said...

I'm glad you have a 5 gal bucket with my name on it! I showed the idea to Wes the day I saw it and told him I was going to do it!! He was like the point is using stuff you have around the house- and we didn't have perfect! No hurry though.

PS. Who is C?

cornflakegirl74 said...

This is a beautiful post and an important reminder to us all. I hope the snow stops for you soon in OK; it's beginning to look a lot like spring in New York. This was definitely the worst winter I can remember.

Also, I loved the Blind Side. Thought it was a great movie (and I also may have shed some tears).

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