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“Have Mercy” - June 9, 2021

“Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt.”

                                                                                    Psalm 123:3 (NLT)

For the second consecutive Wednesday, we are faced with horror, shock, disbelief and profound sadness and grief.  The news of the targeted murders of several members of a Muslim family of our city has been devastating.  While out on a peaceful Sunday evening walk, fellow city residents were intentionally run down by a lone driver of a pickup truck.  Here is another week that calls us to “weep with those who weep”, another week to plead with God to push back the darkness, another week in which the words for our prayers feel wholly inadequate.

For centuries the church has often repeated the simple but powerful scriptural prayer, “Lord have mercy.” Especially for times of crisis, pain and darkness into which it has been difficult to speak, the prayer “Kyrie Eleison” (a transliteration of Greek, meaning ‘Lord, have mercy’) can function as one of those few select phrases we may rely on, particularly when the usual ones seem decidedly insufficient. 

 When we read the gospels, “Kyrie Eleison” is most often directed toward Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Healer, the One who is most assuredly praying on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27, 34).  Again today, we place our hope in him and pray, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy!

 The following link takes you to one of many online hymns and songs which incorporate the prayer “Kyrie Eleison.”

In peace we come to pray and seek the Lord today

For salvation from his hand for the healing of our land

Let us pray, let us pray