\\\"suffer the little ceidlrhn to come to me\\\" and (according to the NIV version of St Matthew 18: 6 ) \\\"“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea...\\\" ] I have to trust Him to show me how to show mercy. As I noted at Linda K\\\'s, it\\\'s easier to decide who gets mercy when I\\\'m not the one in need of it.Do pardon my deep thinking\\\' . In moments like this I think of the birth parents. I think of the relatives who may or may not have had the tools\\\' to take on these burdensome ceidlrhn\\\'. I think of the Adoption Worker who gave the okay. I think of the neighbours who may or may not have noticed deviant behaviours. I think of those with the mandate to protect our ceidlrhn who (for whatever reason) failed to protect these. And when I think of all that, my heart hurts and I want to ask that they suffer as they have made others to suffer and then I think of His love and His mercy and grace extended to ALL and I ask Him to help me respond the way He would. Like Princess Rea, I also think of the adoptive parents and wonder what ills they suffered that would cause them to treat life that way . It hurts sometimes.Yesterday there was an item on the news that the bodies of two ceidlrhn were found in suitcase(s) in a river or lake (don\\\'t remember) in Florida. I don\\\'t know the rest of the story but my heart hurts and I hang on to Mercy with all that\\\'s in me. My heart cries out to Him who died for the sins of the Baharonas and the sins of Ann It hurts much. Still 1 Chronicles 21:13 gives them (and me) the right to say “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” Sadly, I can\\\'t do anything about the little ones we\\\'ve lost, even though it hurts Still I ask Him to remind me to let me live and love through His eyes even when it hurts. He is compassionate and loving and offers forgiveness to those who ask. Even them\\\'.* (John 3: 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him * (Lamentations 3:22 Because of the LORD\\\'s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.)* (Malachi 3:6 I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed Even though He\\\'s quick to forgive us, the consequences of our action don\\\'t evaporate. Father, I don\\\'t always get it ( I think most of the times I don\\\'t) but I\\\'m glad that nothing escapes You. This is hard for me to deal with but I\\\'m asking You to direct my thoughts and actions as I respond to the pain caused by our selfish behaviours. Please open our eyes to the ways we can help so that no other life has to hurt this way. Heighten our senses to what\\\'s around us and give us wisdom and boldness to speak. Please help us to forgive those who have brought the pain and please forgive us for any (physical, emotional or any other kind of ) hurt we\\\'ve ever caused to anyone of Yours since all life comes from You. AmenThanks again for sharing Linda. Thanks for accommodating my ramblings. I\\\'m not always coherent when I cry.BlessingsannAnn recently posted..