Not long ago I was struggling with a challenging relationship. I had surmised a number of possible (though hypothetical) intentions to the person in this relationship which allowed little room for the fact that I could be wrong. While I was mulling my hypotheses I began to think that I was creating a story, a case if you will without the benefit of having enough information/ background. And I remembered something I had read in scripture: James 2:13. “Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
A number of years ago one of my closest friends died in her 40’s after an eight year battle with breast cancer. Throughout the ups and downs of her sojourn she was open to discuss the struggles, the pain, both emotional and physical and the uncertainties of her future. In spite of that eight year battle she coined the phrase, “mercies in the middle” and went on to elaborate on just what those “mercies” were. For her they could be as simple as a cloudless sky on a near-spring day or as profound as the tender hug of one of her daughters as she returned from her school day.