The inspiration behind this black and white sketch came from a very spirit-filled worship service that took place a few weeks ago.  The sermon came from 2 Peter 3:8 which reads from the New Living Translation, “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years  is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think.  No he is being patient for your sake.  He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

When I closed my eyes during the benediction, the Lord put an image in my mind which is what you see before you.  It was a tree branch but it was twisted in a way that showed the word, “mercy.”  This branch extends downward, as if God’s hand of mercy is reaching down from Heaven towards His children hoping that we would grasp it and pull ourselves out of the mess we are in and draw  closer to Him.

Yeah, we mess up, and frequently I might add, but aren’t we glad that He has compassion towards us?   Will we ever be able to fully repay God for his mercies?  No, but we can at least honor Him by extending that same branch of mercy towards others.

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