God of Mercy

100_05Dear FOJ…. I believe that the best thing that could happen to any of us is experiencing “The mercy of God”, especially when it comes as a pleasant surprise. In this letter my thoughts are inspired by the story of the lame man who sat at the temple gate called “Beautiful,” you will find this story in the book of Acts chapter 3. God demonstrated mercy to a man who was lame from birth and who had been in that unfortunate condition for over forty years. Here was a man who had suffered the misfortune of being handicapped from birth, a man who had lived with his limitations for half a life time. This was a man who must have known various degrees of shame, sorrow and frustrations as a result of his condition. This was a man who must have asked all manner of questions because of his predicament. But I imagine that as years come and go, he was finally able to make peace with the situation. He was lame, he didn’t know why, what was clear was that he would never walk like all the “lucky” people trooping in and out of the temple every day. But he could at least survive. By soliciting for the mercy of that privileged lot; he would be able to feed, clothe and have a roof over his head. The world is a tough place and a lame man could easily be despised or ignored, so asking for alms and receiving is a miracle of some sort. It was something to hope for and be thankful for, if gained. But to rise up and walk? With many people, many, not all, (for there will always be exceptions) there are places a man’s mind just never wonders to. That is the realm of no, that’s just not possible! The realm of rise up and walk didn’t exist to the lame man, (this is not the same as the realm of wishful thinking, where o f course anything can happen for anyone) only the realm of please help me with my daily bread. Though a difficult realm, it doubtless saved him the agony of hoping that by some act of God he would just wake up one morning and find himself able to walk, only to live out his life and not experience it. So this man’s hopes and expectations were limited to his basic needs but the God who says I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, decided to surpass his expectations. God came to him and said, I can give you more than your daily bread, in fact I want to give you what you never imagined was possible. You need it, you’ve desired it, but you never thought it was possible; RISE UP AND WALK! Rise up and walk means I set you free from your limitation; I give you the power to dream and achieve your dreams. I give you the power to do all the things you’ve desired to do for over forty years but simply couldn’t because you couldn’t walk. Nobody’s going to carry you anymore, nobody’s going to look down on you anymore, nobody’s going to get to step on you only to look down and say, “Oh, you’re there? I’m sorry I just didn’t see you.” Dear friends of Jesus, the gift of God’s mercy and compassion that is beyond our wildest imagination is just awesome, just reading about it is such a wonderful experience. How much more receiving it? May the Lord visit you and visit me. May His visitation revive dreams we have lost and birth the ones we have been too afraid to dream, Amen. Yours sincerely, Anu-moni Agbedeh (Hephzibah Gia) Hepzibah4eva@gmail.com 51_1383665698096_l

Dear FOJ….

I believe that the best thing that could happen to any of us is experiencing “The mercy of God”, especially when it comes as a pleasant surprise. In this letter my thoughts are inspired by the story of the lame man who sat at the temple gate called “Beautiful,” you will find this story in the book of Acts chapter 3.

God demonstrated mercy to a man who was lame from birth and who had been in that unfortunate condition for over forty years.

Here was a man who had suffered the misfortune of being handicapped from birth, a man who had lived with his limitations for half a life time. This was a man who must have known various degrees of shame, sorrow and frustrations as a result of his condition. This was a man who must have asked all manner of questions because of his predicament. But I imagine that as years come and go, he was finally able to make peace with the situation. He was lame, he didn’t know why, what was clear was that he would never walk like all the “lucky” people trooping in and out of the temple every day. But he could at least survive. By soliciting for the mercy of that privileged lot; he would be able to feed, clothe and have a roof over his head. The world is a tough place and a lame man could easily be despised or ignored, so asking for alms and receiving is a miracle of some sort. It was something to hope for and be thankful for, if gained. But to rise up and walk?

With many people, many, not all, (for there will always be exceptions) there are places a man’s mind just never wonders to. That is the realm of no, that’s just not possible! The realm of rise up and walk didn’t exist to the lame man, (this is not the same as the realm of wishful thinking, where o f course anything can happen for anyone) only the realm of please help me with my daily bread. Though a difficult realm, it doubtless saved him the agony of hoping that by some act of God he would just wake up one morning and find himself able to walk, only to live out his life and not experience it. So this man’s hopes and expectations were limited to his basic needs but the God who says I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, decided to surpass his expectations. God came to him and said, I can give you more than your daily bread, in fact I want to give you what you never imagined was possible. You need it, you’ve desired it, but you never thought it was possible; RISE UP AND WALK!

Rise up and walk means I set you free from your limitation; I give you the power to dream and achieve your dreams. I give you the power to do all the things you’ve desired to do for over forty years but simply couldn’t because you couldn’t walk. Nobody’s going to carry you anymore, nobody’s going to look down on you anymore, nobody’s going to get to step on you only to look down and say, “Oh, you’re there? I’m sorry I just didn’t see you.”

Dear friends of Jesus, the gift of God’s mercy and compassion that is beyond our wildest imagination is just awesome, just reading about it is such a wonderful experience. How much more receiving it? May the Lord visit you and visit me. May His visitation revive dreams we have lost and birth the ones we have been too afraid to dream, Amen.

Yours sincerely,

Hephzibah Gia

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