Mercy on the Hurting

Suppose that each of us had a little red light on the top of our heads.  Further suppose that whenever we are feeling beaten down by the injustice of another, that little red light started to blink.

What do you think?  Do you think there then would be mercy in the world as we, each of us, responded to the one whose light-of-pain was going off?

We all kind of hide behind a veneer of civility—well dressed, well mannered….and sometimes dying even a little bit inside.

No one sees the “dying even a little bit inside” because it is hidden.  Others really do not want to see it……It is an inconvenience to see it.


Yet, it is there…..for all of us at one time or another.

That little blinking red light would be a sign to us that we are all hurting.  It would be a concrete sign that mercy is necessary….even more so than civility.

That little red light would be our teacher….and perhaps soften our hearts…..and help us to learn that offering mercy should be our first response, not our last one after we all dress up in our finery, with our impeccable manners…..that keep the hurting invisible to us.

Try to see that little blinking red light on the top of each person’s head today even if it is not there.  Try to see it anyway.


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  1. Samantha says:

    This surely would increase our sensitivity toward others. The challenge without the light is for us to continually transcend what we can see to what is inside other people’s hearts. It is a challenge we should all take up.

  2. Nadine says:

    I have to giggle whenever I imagine the red light on top of everyone’s head. It has helped me to see beyond the surface now when with family members or even visiting the mall.

  3. Chris says:

    Great post. It is a reminder to see beyond the surface to people’s inner world. It is a great exercise and would curtail many conflicts, I would think.

  4. josh says:

    I guess if we do not have the little blinking red light then the reminder has to be in the mind. We have to train our minds to see the hurts in our family and friends.


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