Monday, June 13, 2011

Mercy

The word “mercy” is foremost in my mind today as I contemplate Carm’s dad’s dying days. He is in a coma and seems unable to hear or see. Is it God’s mercy to have him linger so that family members can make their peace and come to an easier acceptance? Wouldn’t it be more merciful to him to hasten the end? Only God knows and decides.

These quotes don’t speak about the same mercy but they touched me nonetheless.

Without Mercy

Do not judge yourself harshly.
Without mercy for ourselves
we cannot love the world.

Buddha, 563-483 B.C. (The Enlightened One)

The Quality of Mercy

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute of God himself;
And earthly power doth then show like God's
When mercy seasons justice.

William Shakespeare 1600

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.

Winston Churchill

O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

Anne Boleyn

The angel of mercy, the child of love, together had flown to the realms above.
Fanny Crosby