Sunday, December 23, 2012

Justice and Mercy

The Universe is governed by law.  From a galaxy with its billions of stars to an atom with its quarks and leptons – all move, behave, and react in accordance with laws which we may or may not fully understand.  Justice is not only required, it is a given.  Without it everything would be chaos.

There is no inherent mercy in the Universe.  For mercy to exist, someone must take responsibility for every broken law and bear the consequences.  But not just any being can pay such a price or has the power to make right all that was put amiss by the transgression of justice.  It is only in the shelter and shadow of such an Infinite Intercessor that mercy, compassion, and forgiveness exist.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Studying Abroad

"Every day he writes me a letter, telling me how much he misses me and how he needs my help.  And every day I write him back, with words of comfort, encouragement, and advice" he explained, "but he does not read my letters."

"Does he not know who they're from?!"

"I think it's because he has a post office box, and he's so busy he doesn't get to check his mail very often.  And when he does, he doesn't have time to read what I've written, much less understand it."

"Why do you not go to him?"

"Oh, how I wish I could! But he left here to have his own experience, and I need to let him have it."