Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thought for the Day

. . . embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire
for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. . . .

. . . mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given.
Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative
when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven't
earned it, who haven't even sought it, are the most meaningful
recipients of our compassion. . . .
~ Bryan Stevenson

Quoted from Bryan Stevenson's excellent, eye-opening book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, 2014; paper, 2015), pp. 290 and 314

Recipient of many awards and honors, Stevenson founded and is the executive director of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama. He has dedicated his life and legal practice to defending against racial discrimination in criminal justice.

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