“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”Psalm 51:1

The light turned green. I eagerly started to drive. And, I drove right into the bumper of the man in front of me. The man bolted out of his car with his arms flailing in the air. Mad. Upset. Shocked. Well, who wouldn’t be? He analyzed his car and found two hexagon shaped indents on his bumper (from my license plate screws). I stood speechless. He looked at me and said, “You need to be more careful, young lady.” “Yes, sir, you’re right.” He slumped back into his car –flustered­– and drove away.


He could have made my life miserable over two hexagon shaped indents. He had every right to fight for a perfectly smooth bumper. But he had mercy.

How can I emulate mercy to those who have wronged me? “They don’t deserve mercy”, you may say. And, you’re right! No one deserves mercy because it is given where judgment is expected. I didn’t deserve mercy that day, but I’m so thankful he gave it to me.

Today, impart the love and mercy of God to people. When you do that, all kinds of healing can take place.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being merciful to me every day. When someone wrongs me, help me to forgive and remind me of all you have done for me.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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