10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11s o shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.  - Isaiah 55:10-11

In today's entry for this year's Lent devotional, theologian Richard Rohr writes:

"We are merely and forever inside of the divine flow, just like Isaiah's 'rain and snow'. Forgiveness is not some churchy technique or formula. Forgiveness is constant from God's side, which should become a calm, joyous certainty on our side. Mercy received will be mercy passed on, and 'will not return empty, until it has succeeded in what it was sent to do." 

Today as you move through your Lenten journey, show mercy in unexpected places, to yourself as well as to others, and know that the mercy of God is already present and available to you. 

 ~Melanie Marsh Baum

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