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Blessed are the Merciful

Last week's bombings in Boston and fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX, along with a sudden death in our church fellowship have sent many of us who are Legacy Church reeling in sadness.

Loss is a part of life, but we stagger out of them after events shatter what we think is 'normal' or take loved ones from us. We can't just write loss off as "that's the way life is" or act like they didn't happen. We must wrestle through them, but how we respond to those loses makes the difference in how we live the rest of our lives.
Our natural response to loss at the hands of others is revenge and justice. Innocent people died at the hands of calculating, evil men. We want justice for the lost lives. We want somebody to do something. Now!
In the middle of the loss of innocent life and injustice perpetrated in his day, Jesus declared, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy." (Matthew 5:7) Those words seemed as out of place in a discussion…