A commonly used "southernism" is "Lord, have mercy." How often to I say that and mean it? How often do I truly lean on God's mercy instead of my own efforts Not enough, I'm afraid.
Other things the word "mercy" brings to mind:
Jesus said in Matthew chapter 9, "I desire mercy more than sacrifice"
The phrase "show no mercy" is ringing in my ears. I think I've given myself too much mercy. I was doing so much better when I was harder on myself. Seems like my life was going in the right direction. I started giving myself a little grace, then a little more grace, then everything seemed to tumble around me. I must work harder and get myself together.
A song from Women of Faith's album Extravagant Grace comes to mind. They sing a song called "Wonderful, Merciful, Savior." We sang it at my home church one Easter. I listen to it often.
The group MercyMe comes to mind.
I'm running to the mercy seat...
Five Minute Friday prompts are found here.