With Twenty-four hour news, the internet, and the blogosphere there are people scouring the planet looking for stories to publish and pictures to take... of us... Everyone is watched, and everyone is vulnerable to have some gaffe, sin, or unguarded moment recorded for all to see.
This expansive information glut gives us a limited sort of “god-like” view of humanity. In the past our lives were private and local, open to the limited view of friends and family, and God alone who sees it all. God has the unique collective view of everyone that no king or magistrate in years past could even begin to possess. But now we are exposed to a barrage of information about the lives of others. And while there is much to be thankful for in the sights and sounds, most of the images are far from flattering.
I am one who believes the images have changed little through the years. We have always struggled with our sin. What shines in all this is the mercy of God. The more we see of ourselves, the more we see His mercy. How long-suffering He is and has been for all these years. It is His mercy and grace that sustain us or surely absolute justice would put an end to it all.
At the end of this year I thank Him for His enduring mercy to my family, my church, my country, and me. It is comforting to see the cool rains of His common grace mist the heads and shoulders of Adam's fallen children. God is amazing and His mercy endures to all generations. Thank you Father for your grace given so rich and free in this past year. I have no right to ask, but in Christ I ask for mercy in the coming year.
Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.