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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Mercy Of A Friend
By Anne Harrell


Psalm 103:8-14 (KJV)
ďThe Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.Ē

A very close doctor friend showed me the true meaning of what mercy is all about recently. The mercy that he had shown me, I could see the love of Christ in him. I have seen the mercy and love side of him before but never this profound. He is always forgiving me for my unleash tongue and wild behaviors.

Just a couple weeks ago he and I had some disagreement where part of the problem I let someone in his office really guide my steps. Some of the things that were said I knew were out of character of him yet, I was holding him to his word without leave way. This particular week was just not the time to bring things up to him with duty and not feeling well. He goes on call at a local hospital for a week each month. That week is usually very stressful on him. It is a week that I know I need to pray for him more. Some of the things that happen during that week were several times I had called him, he would return my call with me on the other end yelling at him. No matter what he did he could not make me happy. Even when he tried to make things better, it made things worst I had no mercy on him.

Usually during that week I am in sync to his needs. Yet this specific week about half way through I lost tune to his needs. There is a song that reminds me to pray for him when he is in need. During that week span I did not hear the song. At that time if I heard the song it would have made me feel better. When I finally did come face to face with him was a week later. I wasnít too sure that he would see me or not. I wasnít too sure that I wanted to see him after the big argument; I didnít think that our friendship would make it through this one dispute.

In a way I could see where God was bringing us back together when my daughter had gotten an award in her JROTC and she had promised him that she would bring it up that day to let him see it. That day she was not able to go, with other things happening and I had to go take it to him. All along I was praying God you have to go before me on this I canít change the out come of this disagreement.

To my surprise he had come from the back kidding around. He came out like nothing had ever happen. I just never thought he would ever hug me again. He came over and sat in the chair beside me. He asked questions where he knew that I would have to give him eye to eye contact to answer them. Yet all during that time I was thinking about twenty years had flash before my eyes and scared that they were gone forever. Memories of all the kind things he had done without complaining.

He showed me without speaking a word; the love of Christ. He had already forgiven me. As we got up to part, he turns and gave a hug before disappearing into the back of the office again. I realized that he was a closer friend then I thought. Yet through all the problems he was still slow to anger. If ever I saw the love of Christ and what Christ does for us! He forgives us without us asking. Our sins are thrown as far as the east is to the west. That evening I heard the song that I had not heard for over a week. Yes it did sound comforting to me that night.

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Brenda Blakely05/06/07
Thanks for sharing how you recognized the mercy shown to you. We don't always take the time or effort to do that. Please don't abandon that wonderful appreciation for the blessings as you continue to work through the mechanics of writing, those stinking old verb tenses and agreements trip us all at one time or the other. The mechanics are easy, the heart comes from God. Thanks for sharing your heart.
Jan Ackerson 05/07/07
What a gift of grace you recieved, and thank you for sharing it with us.

This re-telling of your story would be better if less vague. You don't have to give away any confidentialities, but I'd have liked to know--are you an employee in this doctor's office? In what capacity? What was the misunderstanding about? What song would have helped you? What specifically was said to mend the relationship? I understand your vagueness, but there are ways to inform your readers without giving too much information. I just felt "in the dark" most of the time.

Your doctor friend is a real treasure; thank you for sharing this incident of godly friendship.