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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Alpena

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1975

Subject/Title of Window: Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.

Brief Description of Subject: A staff, used in biblical times, by leaders who had been given power and strength over others.

Beneath it, a set of scales which represent the weighing of another person’s guilt or innocence or personal worth.
During Jesus’s years, punishment of the guilty was extremely harsh and callous.

Two Greek letters, Chi and RHO when combined symbolize the word Christ, and used here to remind us of the Quality of Mercy which Christ showed:
He detested the act of sin. He cared about the person who sinned. He learned the facts before making a judgement. He forgave the person, and with kindness helped him to do better.
Blessed are we, when we are merciful. For they Shall Attain Mercy
When we think of mercy, we may think of the Red Cross, hospitals, homes for the weak, the aged, the suffering but the mercy of which Jesus speaks goes even deeper.

Mercy is not only for those who are like us- but also for those who may have done some harm to us personally or who may have done some damage to society.

The Hebrew words for mercy is Chesedh- it suggests physical mercy, but much more as well.According to T.H. Robinson, “It means a sympathetic appreciation of other, the power not deliberately with them0 to see life from their point of view”
To have such mercy, one must be able to clearly separate the wrong act from the person. The act may well need punishment, but there is always the need for mercy to the person. You may be able to help him in his trouble- to stand by him in sympathy—to give him courage and strength.

The goal is to get the sinner back to his place in our friendship; back to his place in society, back to his place in the love of God. Mercy is more concerned with redemption than destruction.

The supreme demonstration of the mercy of Christ was so nobly shown when he took out sins upon Himself and died upon the cross so that we might be saved. He will teach us how to love one another as he has first loved us. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 105"

Width: 24"

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

Blessed are the Merciful for They Shall Obtain Mercy
Blessed are the Merciful for They Shall Obtain Mercy

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