Mercifully Treated

I have been reflecting on Mercy for the past several months. Here I am again, after reading the first reading for today, faced with the words “mercifully treated.” St. Paul was speaking about himself, explaining how Jesus was so merciful to him. Jesus came to save sinners and was so patient with Paul, he explains of himself.

God’s plans

Today’s date reminds me of how merciful God was with me. Three years ago, on this day, I would have been due to have a baby. However, the Lord had different plans for this soul. He took the baby home to heaven, to eternity, through miscarriage. Interestingly, but not coincidentally, I lost the baby on the due date of another baby I miscarried. It was 3 pm, the hour of mercy, when the doctors could no longer detect a heartbeat. Just days before, her heartbeat was healthy and strong. It seems taboo to speak of miscarriage in our culture, perhaps other cultures too. I am not sure. However, I think we should speak of loss, the experiences and lessons from it, and the peace that comes when we allow God to do the work in us. It may help others in their healing process.

Grief

To say we were devastated would be an understatement. Our family wept and grieved over this loss for a very long time. Yet, we know God’s promises. We know His plans are special and better than we could ever plan for ourselves. That He allowed me to suffer WITH him; I’ve never felt so close to the cross as I did in those months. It was as though I could feel the cool dirt under my knees as I knelt and ached with my Lord at the foot of the cross. He asked me to trust, to hand everything over to Him. He rewards our “yes.” Maybe not in the ways we expect, but He does. Looking back, there were so many consolations in a time of desolation. The love our children displayed for a soul that they had not met yet was remarkable. I explained that they have their very own saint to ask for intercession at any time. And we do. Often.

Perspective

The abundance of grace and blessings that came from this experience are far too great for this little space. Perhaps I can dive more deeply another time. But I think our perspective needs to be in check at all times. Do you see how God is merciful with you? Even if it does not appear that way initially? We constantly need to remind ourselves that this earthly life is so very short. Our losses here are worth our salvation. Are we preparing ourselves for eternity? Is what we are doing today for His glory? How can we be merciful to others, as our Father is with us? These are all important questions we need to be continually asking ourselves. I challenge you to start with the Works of Mercy. You won’t regret it.

[Readings: 1 Tm 1:15-17; Lk 6:43-49]

Joanne Huestis-Dalrymple

Joanne Huestis-Dalrymple is a freelance writer residing in Wake Forest, NC. She is a wife and mother of eight, plus two in heaven. Joanne coaches the St. Thomas More Academy swim team and is a member of the school’s CrossFit team. Joanne has a devotion to our Blessed Mother and she enjoys reading, writing, gardening and going on adventures with her big family.

2 Comments

  1. Radhika Sharda on September 11, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    What a beautiful and deeply moving reflection, Joanne. Thank you for sharing your heart here so tenderly, so that we might glean from it the merciful love of our Lord. I loved how you described the vividness of being “at the foot of the Cross.” I agree, that these moments of grief, if we give them over to the Lord, can be a gift, because they unite us so closely to His suffering, and bring forth unexpected grace from them. Thank you for challenging us to take up the Works of Mercy. God bless.

  2. Jerry DEMELO Jr on September 16, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Thank You

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