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Mercy Given. Mercy Received.

Feb 21, 2017

My son Jack is a senior in high school.  This has been a very exciting and stressful time in our family.  A couple of weeks ago, my son stayed home from school because he was exhausted from his after school job, studying and homework, play practice, and his theater class that he takes on Sunday nights.  He needed a personal day.  

When I came home from work, I found Jack crying at the dining room table.  He was in front of the computer, books and notebooks splayed all around him.  He was drowning in homework, pressure to produce and succeed, stress, and dismay.  

I felt sorrow when my son started to share his feeling of helplessness.  We talked, cried, and hugged for a long time.  God was palpably present in our time together.  Entering into my son’s pain with compassion and mercy was only possible because of the presence and grace of Jesus Christ.  

I have a note in a book that reads, “Justice is getting what we deserve; mercy is getting more than we deserve.”  I felt God’s mercy thatt night.  He was participating in our pain and the participation of God in our pain is more than we deserve.  The suffering of Jesus Christ bears witness to the depths God will go bring us back to himself.  God is drawing my son back to himself so that he does not fall into despair and he allowed me to participate in that, as well.


  • RenaldoPosted on 2/26/18

    Thank you for sharing. My daughter is a Junior at St. James Academy and just last month attended the March For Life in Washington. After returning from the trip Maddi became sick and missed even more school. Knowing the pressure she must’ve felt to catch up after missing so much school, I tried to focus on Maddi getting well and not ask a lot of questions about schoolwork. It was hard not to “motivate” her. Your story about Jack reminds me that no matter our age or place in life, Christ wants to strengthen & help us get through the difficult times-even when others may think it’s just normal. Being sensitive to our kids’ needs may not come naturally for some of us parents, but with God’s help we can show them that He cares and is with them-even in those times where they feel alone & overwhelmed. Going forward Jack will be able to look back at that moment he shared with you & the Lord and know our God will see him through any future difficulties.



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