He was in the world,
and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him.
He came to His own,
and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve.
Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve.
Mercy forgives but does not overlook.
Mercy is available but not automatic.
Mercy is activated by faith.
Mercy provides hope and rest.