"God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us."
Psalm 67:1 (NKJV)
MEMORIES OF GOD'S MERCY
On February 19, if it's the will of God, I will celebrate eighty-eight years of life. When I look back and see how merciful God has been to me, I can't help but to be abundantly grateful.
My earliest recollection of God's mercy took place when I was very young. Due to illness, my mother couldn't care for me. At the age of three, I entered the foster care system where I was sent from one home to another home until I was seven. Then, I was permanently placed with a wonderful couple, "Daddy Pop" and "Aunt Jessie," who did not have any children. In time, they cared for a total of twenty- one foster children. Of those children, I was the only one who stayed with them until they died. By this time, I was old enough to be on my own. Truly God had been merciful to me and had blessed me to spent quality time with people who loved me as if I were their own child.
The mercy of God was abundantly clear to me after I enlisted in the United States Army where I spent twenty years. Serving in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, I experienced times when I was not sure I would see another day. God, however, protected me. During my service in the military, in additional to performing combat, I served as a photographer. The toughest part of that job was serving as a Medical Photographer. In this job, I photographed postmortem examination procedures and specimens from surveys while in Germany. Later, through God's mercy, grace, and favor, I returned home where I served as a Medical Photographer at Washington, DC's Walter Reed General Hospital.
For sixty years, God allowed me to be married to the love of my life. She and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter. Although my wife has passed, I thank God for His mercy in both of our lives. When my wife became ill, God did not allow her to linger and suffer. Although I miss her, I am grateful for God's mercy because things could have been so much different. Every day God allows me to live, I thank Him for His grace, mercy, and favor. I use every opportunity to praise His name!
Prayer: O Mighty and Merciful God, thank You for loving and protecting us. May we forever give You the glory for all You do for us. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Submitted by Deacon Charles Akins