Mercy – A Poem

Thankfulness and gratitude are easy when things are going great. But what about when life seems overwhelming and nothing goes as planned? What about the difficult days when you can’t seem to do the right thing, or have the right attitude, or pray the right words? Thankfulness and gratitude are not as easy on those  days. But I truly believe that they are even more important than when you are on top of the world.

When I feel alone or lost, even when I know I am not, I am thankful for the knowledge that God is with me. When I struggle with my human nature to do the right thing, or have the right attitude, or earnestly pray, I am thankful for God’s mercy.


Lord, have mercy
When I stray
As I struggle
through this day

Holy Spirit
Give me direction

Lord, have mercy
When I fall
Help me stand
Not have to crawl

Holy Spirit
Lift me up

Lord, have mercy
When I slip
And unpleasing words
Pass my lips

Holy Spirit
Guide my words

Lord, have mercy
When my heart
Holds a grudge
And keeps me apart

Holy Spirit
Help me forgive

Lord, have mercy
When I doubt
Wondering what
This trial’s about

Holy Spirit
Grant me faith

Lord, have mercy
When I don’t know
How to endure
Pain and woe

Holy Spirit
Impart Your wisdom

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13 (NLT).

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15 Responses

  1. Wonderful true words. Thanks.

    I’m sure you know the old definition:
    God’s MERCY is in NOT giving me what I deserve;
    God’s GRACE is GIVING me what I do NOT deserve.

  2. Hi Linda, Great post!
    I love what you said about holding grudges…”and keeps me apart”
    Lord, free me from holding grudges because I never want to be apart from You!
    Lord, have mercy on me! 🙂
    Bee well…and God bless you!

    • Barbee, That is the stanza that I struggled with the most and I wasn’t sure I got it right. I’m so glad you understood exactly what I was trying to say. What a wonderful God we have who would have mercy on us, on me. Peace, Linda

  3. This was beautiful and so full of truth and encouragement. Especially on those days that I can’t pray as I should, speak as I should or even think as I should. So thankful with you for His mercy!
    God bless you as you continue to find wonderful ways to express your thanks to Him!

  4. Thank you, Linda

    This is beautiful (and timely!!!) My thanksgiving today is for the Holy Spirit!! Way cool!!! Thanks for sharing this poem – I will read it as part of my prayer tonight.

    God bless you, Linda. And may He answer the prayers of your heart.

    What Karla said. 🙂


    • Karla, Thank you for the encouragement! It is so interesting to me the directions the Lord has taken me with my Thankful Thursday posts. There is just so much to be thankful for, even when on the surface there might seem not to be. As long as the Lord is with me (and He has promised He will always be), then there is something to be thankful for. Peace, Linda

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