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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Mercy – 8 December 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

“The quality of mercy is not strained;
it droppeth as gently as the rain from heaven upon the place beneath;
it is twice blessed:
it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
– William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and playwright
The Merchant of Venice

“Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.”
– William Blake (1757–1827), English poet

These quotations bring to mind Micah 6:8 of the Bible:

8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

And also Matthew 5:7 where Jesus says, in the Beatitudes:

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Mercy should not be limited to only certain species. To be truly merciful, one would choose to live according to God’s original intent as found in Genesis 1:29:

29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”

This is a vegan lifestyle.

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