I have been collecting mercies.
Mercy: “an event to be grateful for, especially because its occurrence provides relief from suffering.” On its own page in my journal, I jot down simple and sweet gifts from God, any small occurrence that feels encouraging, and every whisper of hope in the mundane. This is an ancient practice. God’s people have been noting and remembering and remarking on His goodness for centuries.
Samuel took a stone and set it upright . . . He named it Ebenezer, explaining, “The LORD has helped us to this point.”1 Samuel 7:12
Thus far, the Lord has been good. Thus far, He has been faithful. Thus far, He has been true. And the unspoken but unshakable conclusion? He will continue to be so.
Why don’t you start your own list of mercies? Make a note on your phone or put a sticky note on your nightstand. Intentionally pause to set up small Ebenezers: The LORD has helped me in this way today. Then let your heart take a deep breath, choose to put your hope in God (Psalm 62:5), and declare to yourself: He will continue to be good to me.
God is our Refuge and Strength,Psalm 46:1-2
a Helper who is always found in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid . . .
What a wonderful name for God: our Helper. May He be so to you and may you have eyes of gratitude to see His small, daily mercies.