"Chesed, mercy, means the ability to get right inside other people until we can see things with their eyes, think things with their minds, and feel things with their feelings." William Barclay
Chesed, more often translated "loving kindness," is one of the key attributes of God in the Old Testament. In Jesus, whose birth in Bethlehem we now celebrate, the divine chesed took human flesh. Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus continues to be Emmanuel, that is "God with us" always. However alone we may sometimes feel, we are always known and understood by the God who made us. And, "Understanding is a creative act in a dimension we do not see" (Elizabeth Goudge).
Let us give profound thanks for this mercy at work among us, and let us turn and share it with all those we meet, either in person or through the daily news of the world's suffering.
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