When I was a young girl, every Sunday, without fail, or it seemed like it, my father would take my sisters and me to church. We would sing along with the choir, listen to the sermon, and participate in communion.
There were one or two songs or prayers I enjoyed so much. So much so, while growing up, I would recite, “Lord have mercy on my soul.” I said those six words so often that it became my mantra. Even now, as an adult, I sometimes find myself whispering those words.
What does it mean to ask for mercy on my soul? Surely, mercy is woven into the nature of God’s love.
I was reminded of the mantra by reading the following passage by Marianne Williamson.
May I not withhold from others
The mercy You have shown to me.
May I not scold others for their mistakes,
But rather provide a compassionate space
Where they feel free to begin again.