You surprise us with the gift of mercy.
Mercy is the unexpected in life–
forgiveness when we have been such a bother,
the gift with no strings attached,
the gentle word when least expected,
the touch when we feel so alone.
help us also dare to be merciful.
Let us take the risk of forgiving,
of speaking gently,
of extending mercy in your name.
–from the Lenten Quiet Night prayers chosen by the Lenten Retreat Committee