The Mercy Game

Growing up on the streets of East London, I thought mercy was a game.  Playing mercy involved two friends locking fingers in a vice like grip as a crowd gathered around, waiting to hear who would be the one to shout mercy. The very moment you couldn't take the pain any more was the moment to shout mercy immediately the grip was released and the winner applauded.  When playing the game, I would often plead with my opponent to shout mercy, so we could both experience the release of giving and receiving mercy.

I realise now, that this game had something to teach me about God's Mercy. We are often held in a vice like grip by our mistakes, wrong turns and hurts and Jesus is just there, waiting to release us when we cry Mercy.

Teresa, East London

National Youth Sunday