Word of the Month

"... even the sure mercies of David."

May 1997

In the course of the years, there are many important events, ups and downs, special moments, and memorable experiences in a person's life. And the question arises: what in all these occurrences is most important?

For me the answer to this question is this: above all things and above all events, God's grace and mercy is and remains the greatest thing of all!

All men live from grace, though many do not acknowledge the fact or are even aware of it. We read in the Holy Scriptures that the Lord blessed Noah after the Flood and spoke the momentous words: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22). With these words God guaranteed the fundamental conditions required for human life on Earth - and this is grace!

Now I go a step further, and move to the spiritual level. The Lord promised through the prophet Isaiah: "... even the sure mercies of David." With this he pointed to the redeemer to come, who was descended in a direct line from David. With Christ's ministry on earth the golden time of grace began, and during this time the Son of God gave mankind a great gift from heaven: the sure mercies that are revealed in the Holy Sacraments of the Church that are dispensed today by Apostles throughout the Earth.

The certainty of knowing I am baptized and sealed with the Holy Spirit and am thus God's own and heir to his glory is for me immeasurable grace. The certainty that my sins are forgiven over and over again is an example of mercy. Each day, it is my wish to remain under this wonderful blanket of divine grace! And by doing this, I live in the living hope that the one true God will one day take me to him in grace and mercy.


Richard Fehr