Meditation – Receive Mercy. Offer Mercy.

Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Deus is one of the most sublime musical compositions ever created.  Miserere Mei, Deus, translated from Latin to English, means Have Mercy on Me, O God.  Gregorio Allegri’s composition is haunting, rich, deep, and moving as it recounts King David’s cry for mercy in Psalm 51 of the Bible.  Although I don’t own a car, I often drive my mother to her appointments in her car.  Driving around the Los Angeles area offers plenty of ways to offer mercy.  Mercy is nothing fancy.  It’s essentially offering kindness instead of harshness or indifference.  For instance, when you’re driving, instead of cutting someone off, or refusing to let someone move ahead of you, try yielding, offering space to the other, giving ample room for others to navigate ahead and around you.  In public spaces they’re all kinds of ways to show mercy.  Holding a door for another, assisting someone with a burden, offering a kind word or action in place of harshness or indifference.  Our public spaces are often places of isolating fears and disconnection.  To each situation, bring light.  Show mercy.  Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller


Those who follow the natural way  
are different from others in three respects.  
They have great mercy and economy,  
and the courage not to compete.  
From mercy there comes courage;  
from economy, generosity;  
and from humility, willingness to lead from behind. 

Chapter 67 – Tao Te Ching


Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin…

…Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51