True Mercy Comforts

True Mercy Comforts

October 13

Read: ISAIAH 25:1-9

“Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken” (v. 8).

This verse from today’s passage demonstrates the comforting nature of mercy and brings to mind a scene from the film Just Mercy. Attorney Bryan Stevenson visits his client, Walter McMillian, shortly after a devastating court appearance. McMillian was on death row for a crime he did not commit. Though he was innocent, he still found himself at the mercy of the court. Stevenson had presented evidence that should have resulted in McMillian being granted a new trial, but the judge denied the request. During their visit, McMillian tells Stevenson that, because of his efforts, “I got my truth back.” McMillian found comfort in that. Similarly, God “will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth.”

May it be so. Lord, we thank you for the Holy Spirit, our comforter. Help us to comfort others when they need mercy. AMEN.

About the Author

Nilwona E. Nowlin /// I live on the far south side of Chicago in the Roseland community, where I was born and raised. I serve on the ministerial team of Kingdom Covenant Church, which is also located in Roseland. I have a master of arts in Christian formation and master’s of nonprofit administration from North Park University and am currently working on an MDiv. In my spare time (what’s that?!), I enjoy reading fiction and writing in various genres. Earlier this year, I became fascinated with electronic jigsaw puzzles, and they’ve become a unique self-care activity.

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