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Have Mercy on Me

“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” (Matthew 26:15)

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for popularity and acceptance, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for comfort and ease, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for my own desires over yours, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for time to idly waste, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for not rocking the boat and looking the other way when wrong was done, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for saying what I thought even when my words cut other’s hearts, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for a hard heart when I refused to forgive, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for doing nothing in times when love was demanded, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for the convenience of using people, have mercy on me.

For the times I handed You over, Lord, for so much less than thirty pieces of silver, have mercy on me.

As we journey through this most Holy Week of the year, let’s do the difficult work of looking at ourselves and what our sin contributes to Christ’s suffering. We are part of the story, we are part of His pain just as we are part of His Resurrection. 

Christy Isinger is a wife and mom to five lovely, loud children and lives in northern Canada. When not homeschooling, she is a devoted reader of English literature from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She writes about the beauty of faith, life, and the home at her blog and is the co-host of the Fountains of Carrots Podcast. You can find out more about her here.

11 Comments

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    Donna
    March 28, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for this thought provoking reflection.

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    Christi Weber
    March 28, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Such a beautiful prayer – thank you for sharing. How much this line cuts deeply into my own heart – “For the times I handed You over, Lord, for so much less than thirty pieces of silver, have mercy on me.”

    God forgive us, have mercy on us in our weakness!

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    Roseanne Castro
    March 28, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Incredibly powerful!
    “Hail to you, our King;
    you alone are compassionate with our errors.”

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    Amy Diaz
    March 28, 2018 at 10:37 am

    This is perfect. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. ?

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    Amy
    March 28, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Love this prayer. Very powerful. Thank you.

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    Grace
    March 28, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and powerful prayer.

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    Courtney
    March 28, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Oh my, this brought tears to my eyes. How many times have I done all of the above, without so much as a second thought? And then my pride comes in, and I think “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Thank you for your beautiful reflection today.

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    Rachel Griffen
    March 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    God bless you, I needed that at the every moment I read it.

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