Mercy reminds me of so many things. I was born in the Mercy Hospital in Williston, North Dakota which was run by the Sisters of Mercy. My family and I received medical and surgical care at Mercy.
My life career choice was in the practice of nursing at the bedside or as a teacher in Academic Nursing. I cared for those in need and taught others to do so as well. I believe nursing care should be compassionate and nondiscriminatory. My mother said to me again and again, “If there is one thing people want when they are sick is someone to be kind to them.” I believe in mercy or compassionate care for all in health and in illness.
Shakespeare wrote the following lines about mercy for Portia to deliver in the play, The Merchant of Venice:
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
I also believe that mercy is given to all. Mercy is not withheld from some and given to others.
Our God is a merciful God who cares for us and gives mercy to all.
Bonnie MacMaster Andersen