Author: Glenn Fiscus
Reflection: v. 13, ‘I shall see the goodness of the Lord’
St Mother Teresa once wrote, ‘I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength, I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now know that prayer changes us and we change things.’
While at Columbia Seminary, my daughter, Brittany, served as an intern at Mercy Church, and I believe that both of our lives changed because of it. The first time I visited Mercy, I knew that one day it would be my church. Soon after graduation, Brittany became a pastor there. My visits from Arkansas became more frequent after Emi, my granddaughter, was born. I think after every visit I would learn something at Mercy and then take a new challenge back to my church in Arkansas. And every time they would step up and take it on. I moved to Atlanta a little over two years ago and have been able to see how resilient Mercy really is—this community doesn’t understand the word ‘can’t.’ Since the start of Covid restrictions, Mercy has continued to do whatever we could to serve. We moved outdoors, provided masks, arranged for Covid testing and vaccinations, and continued to provide food and clothing. But the thing that is so enlightening is the sharing of the word of God. Hearing stories and thoughts about the daily scripture and the interaction between everyone in the community is such an eye-opener. Mercy isn’t just for food and clothing, it is the church of the community. Every day I see the goodness of the Lord right here at Mercy.
Prayer Help me to see your goodness, O Lord, and help me to be a part of it.