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Daily reflections for Holy Week

2016 THE YEAR OF MERCY

HOLY WEEK REFLECTIONS

THURSDAY

And Can It Be? The Transformation of God’s Mercy by Peter Deaves, Ordinand

Resounding with the joyful anthems of God’s mercy is Charles Wesley’s rousing hymn “And Can it Be.” God's mercy is utterly compelling, relentlessly seeking us out: “Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me!”

The hymn captures beautifully the transformation accepting God’s mercy inevitably brings, in particular, “My chains fell off, My heart was free, I rose went forth and followed Thee.”

And also,

Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more. ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; Let angel minds inquire no more.