“…increase your mercy in us that in difficult moments we might not despair or become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy Will, which is Love and Mercy itself.”That morning, Love and Mercy was offered in Tessa. “Accompaniment” is a word we hear often, usually in the context of parish ministries and evangelization, sometimes casually or vaguely. For me, the word is embodied in a friend who offered herself sincerely and knelt beside me in the dirt so I wouldn’t have to do it alone. It makes sense to me in a more authentic way how accompaniment and evangelization are so closely connected. It is easier to experience God’s Love and Mercy when they are right next to you, doing the hard work with you. The fruit of that prayer - God’s Mercy and Love increased in me - might look like turning away from despondency and accepting love and mercy when it’s offered. But it also manifests itself in the nudge of the Spirit to notice the needs of others around me and offer what I can, even if it’s just myself.
Copyright 2019 Megan Swaim
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Megan Swaim is an Indiana girl on an east coast adventure. A former high school youth minister, she now gets to minister full-time to her three young daughters and her husband Josh. Megan spends her days homeschooling at the kitchen table, drinking iced coffee, and exploring coastal Virginia.