My 3-year-old daughter was walking around the house singing this verse from a familiar hymn: “Peace on earth and mercy wild, God and sinners reconciled.” It was going to correct her so that she knew the phrase was really “mercy mild.” Then on second thought, I decided I rather liked the idea of wild mercy. Because that’s true, isn’t it? God is rich in mercy, and that mercy is wildly wonderful. Mercy is not always tame, not always calm. And as we move through Lent toward Easter, we remember God’s saving grace and the rise life we share with Christ. God’s love and mercy for us is vast, immeasurable and, yes, wild. It inspires us to continue our good works and live out our mission.
This is taken from “Mercy wild,” an offering devotion written by Emily Hansen that appeared in the March 2011 issue of Interchange.