Exemplar of Mercy

A friend of mine on social media was taking comfort in the “merciful” notion of heinous criminals spending eternity in hell.  A common thought, perhaps, but is that the stance of a person who truly holds God as the Exemplar of Mercy?

Let us look to the Quran for wisdom.  Every chapter of the Quran begins with the same verse, known as the Bismallah.  This verse serves to identify the author.  Here is a transliteration:

bi ‘sm Allah, al-ra7man al-ra7eem.

Let’s break it down.

Arabic Transliteration English Interpretation
bi by, via, with
‘sm Name, nature
Allah The definite god
Al-ra7man The expresser of mercy
Al-ra7eem The exemplar of mercy

How awesome is the merciful nature of God!

What do the signs (verses) say?

[5:40] Do you not know that GOD possesses the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth? He punishes whomever He wills, and forgives whomever He wills. GOD is Omnipotent.

[15:56] [Abraham] said, “None despairs of his Lord’s mercy, except the strayers.”

[30:48] GOD is the One who sends the winds, to stir up clouds, to be spread throughout the sky in accordance with His will. He then piles the clouds up, then you see the rain coming down therefrom. When it falls on whomever He chooses from among His servants, they rejoice.

[30:49] Before it fell on them, they had resorted to despair.

[30:50] You shall appreciate GOD’s continuous mercy, and how He revives the land that has been dead. He will just as certainly resurrect the dead. He is Omnipotent.

[39:53] Proclaim: “O My servants who exceeded the limits, never despair of GOD’s mercy. For GOD forgives all sins. He is the Forgiver, Most Merciful.”

[42:28] He is the One who sends down the rain after they had despaired, and spreads His mercy. He is the only Master, Most Praiseworthy.

As we can see, when it comes to doling out mercy, there is no match to God.  I find it preposterous to imagine a person arguing with God over His divine judgment!

Here is my advice to you.  As you go about your life’s journey and you bear witness to gross injustices, try to remind yourself that God is the exemplar of mercy.  Sometimes you may dislike a thing yet there is good in it.  He knows what you know not.

The Jar and the Vase

In Season 2, Episode 20 of “Suddenly Susan”, Susan (Brooke Shields) recites a poem about her friend, Todd (David Strickland), who is seated front and center. In real life, the two actors were best friends until David’s tragic death at the age of 29.


The jar and the vase

They sat in the nook

The vase glanced at the jar with an arrogant look

I hold roses and lilacs and daffodils, too

What on earth could this simple receptacle do?

Then they moved the glass jar to a small windowsill

A rainbow appeared in the room it did fill

It had been in the jar

It was always inside

But the vase hadn’t noticed

Because of its pride

Then, she finally admitted

What she knew to be true

And the vase told the jar:

“I celebrate you!”

Déjà vu, Explained

My body is constantly making predictions about everything that is going to happen in my reality, making a mental map. Then, when I go through the shift and start perceiving the new world, it throws me off balance. That is when I experience déjà vu. It always feels as though I am experiencing something that I remember experiencing before, but in the memory, I was also having déjà vu. It is a recursive experience and I take it as proof that I have successfully changed my reality.

I Have The God

God is like a virus that holds a healthy organism hostage and lives via the host. We say someone has “the flu” knowing full well that, while allowing for additions, deletions, and mutations, it is none other than its original form made manifest in the person. In our illness we offer God expression and relation simultaneously. Do you have The God?

The mansions are the organisms

Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote:

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

Source: http://quotes.dictionary.com/build_thee_more_stately_mansions_o_my_soul#bbWw4iiAVIR39t6K.99

The mansions are the organisms.

Consciousness keeps experiencing. We as living beings grow and change individually and as a whole.

The experiences never run out and every one important to The All.