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Clothed in Tender Mercies . . .

Clothed in Tender Mercies . . .

". . . Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;" Colossians 3:12b

Strange weather we're having. It was cold today. I like the weather hot; some like it cold. But no one outside of polar bears and snowmen like weather as paralyzing and sharp as some winter storms have brought.

As humans, we don't need weather to make us cold. In seasons . . . warm or frigid, we can be cold to family, friends, and strangers. Even the best of us have trouble keeping our cool sometimes . . . in line at the grocery store . . . pushed from behind in a careless crowd . . . going one-mile-per-hour in traffic.

I read the other day, "Why is it always the other person who is 'traffic'?" To you, I am the traffic. To me, you are. And that is important to remember, because we are all human, we all make mistakes. In the everyday give-and-take of fumbles and slips, we should be present and willing. Paul suggests helping . . . to be compassionate . . . tender-hearted . . . meek and patient. Has not God been that way with us . . . much more than we deserve?

Blaise Pascal--the 17th-century French philosopher, mathematician, and follower of Jesus--wrote these words that, like Paul's, will never go out-of-style: "Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is."

We seldom think of ourselves as being unkind. But aren't we, much more than we should be? Doesn't it hurt . . . same as winter's wind cuts, to be buzz-sawed by a cold shoulder? And the thing is, when you're empty or just plain human, when you're a walking mistake and it's one of those days, doesn't it feel warm to get soaked with some unexpected sunshine from anyone . . . friend or stranger?

Teddy Allen

Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana.
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