God’s New Mercies

Merciful Lord, this day…

By God’s new mercies,
I am aware
despite whatever grief
I think I bear, there are
others barely holding up
under pain and pressures
I cannot begin to fathom.

Because of God’s new mercies,
I must confess
not wanting to know
how dark the darkness
just might be for them,
for I would rather dwell
in my own naive reality.

With God’s new mercies,
I surrender
to reminders of my own
story, and then begin
again to hold the tears
of others, as though
they were not my own.

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