“Call Mercy!” (five minute friday)


Two dusty little boys, scrambling in the dirt. All arms and legs and giggles. One pins the other down and says, “Mercy? Do you call mercy?” The one with the blond curls shakes his head from under the bigger, brown haired one. “Call Mercy.” Brown says again to blond, who finally squeaks out, “Mercy!” And the hold is released.


I remember this scene from childhoodโ€”brother, cousin, friend. Different faces in the mix but they would always wrestle until one of them called for Mercy.


Some days I feel like I’m in a wrestling match and someone is waiting for me to call mercy. But then perspective knocks on my door. I get the email update on a friend who’s battling breast cancer and just had her last chemo treatment before surgery. Or the text asking for prayer for a father who’s at death’s door. Or I read the article about the couple who lost their thirteen-year-old daughter to a peanut butter laced rice krispy treat. And my heart aches. So much pain and sadness. At any given moment, cries for mercy are going up to heaven.


And I realize, that on this day, I have much more reason to thank God for his grace than I do to beg for mercy. I may need that “mercy call” one day, so I’m going to save it. And for now, I’ll just be praying for those who are hurting all around me. Knowing that the God of All Comfort hears their cries, and mine.



**Five Minute Friday. This post is part of a link up of hundreds of writers who take five minutes and write with inspiration from the same prompt word. Today, that’s Mercy. Lisa-Jo Baker is the conductor of this writing orchestra. You can check out her blog here. And here are the rules, if you want to join in!

“No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”


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  1. So true! I’ve been realizing similar realities lately. Nothing is so humbling as a dose of true humility (or mortality) while I’m griping about my problems. Thanks for sharing your heart, Rebekah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love your reminder to keep thanking Him for grace, too…I know it’s something that I take for granted too often. Beautiful words today…blessings, sweet friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Well said Rebekah- I have those days too and you are so right when you say we need to be more thankful for His grace than calling for mercy on most days….so, so true…thank you for the reminder.

  4. Love this one. I remember the same wrestling matches both as a child myself and with my own children. Thanks so much for sharing this today.

  5. Great perspective! I can definitely relate. While God sees and care for every concern of our hearts, big and small, it’s always good to turn our attention outward and lift of the needs of others while being thankful for the blessings in our own lives. Thanks for the reminder! (Visiting from FMF).
    Blessings, Becky

    • Rebekah, Thanks for your comment on my blog, too. We actually went to the Fullerton Arboretum yesterday but we also have annual passes to the LA Arboretum (which my boys call Peacock Arboretum) and we love it there, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love finding little nature getaways in the midst of the urban jungle.

    • Good point, Becky…that God cares about each of our concerns ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by!

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