Friday, September 13, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Mercy

"Have mercy!"

My kids have been watching episodes of "Full House" lately.  To say that Uncle Jesse has a thing for women would be a understatement.  In the first couple of seasons he goes from woman to woman ... to woman to woman to woman (ad nauseum) and with each innuendo, each suggestive flutter of eyelids or swing of the hips, and in response to every pouty pair of lips that moves to proposition him, he declares with a groan and a lolling of the eyes, "Have mercy."

Just who is he talking to, anyway?

I don't remember any episodes where he reflects back on his string of shallow, meaningless relationships.  But, having survived more than a few myself, I can imagine what he might think if he did.

In Season 4, John Stamos's character marries and though he initially speaks his catchphrase in relation to Becky quite a few times, my kids tell me that by the last couple of seasons his exclamations of "Have mercy" have all but ceased.  Maybe that indicates he's maturing.  Maybe it diminishes as the tedium of marriage and parenthood sets in.

Maybe the producers got sick of hearing it, too.

The show began when I was in college, and I remember finding Mr. Stamos quite attractive, though his flighty dating habits left a bit to be desired.  It would still be a few years down the road, though, before I recognized my own propensity to do the same thing (without the groaning catchphrase, of course).  I had a few long-term relationships, but otherwise I tended to flit from guy to guy, seeking validation, every successful chase reinforcing my sense of self-value.

Years later, I would apologise to more than one of them on Facebook.

I finally gave up.  I realised that what I was doing was self-destructive, not to mention hurtful to others, and I gave up.  I begged God to strip me of my restlessness, to make me satisfied with Him alone.  With a groan of regret, I cried, "Lord, have mercy!"

Eventually, I met my husband, who I have already said I chose over Orlando Bloom.  I suppose I could also say I chose him over the Jesse Katsopolises of the world.

As it turns out, I would need more mercy along the way and God knew just the man to give it to me.

"Where is the god who can compare with you— wiping the slate clean of guilt, Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people? You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long, for mercy is your specialty."  Micah 7:18 (The Message)

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  1. Hi There! I am your neighbor at FMF.

    I love your line, "Who is he talking to anyway?" That made me laugh!

    This is such a fun take on mercy. Love it! My daughter would watch this show, and I think all of that dating probably passed over her head (one can hope), but you are right about the mercy of finding your husband. A man you can love more than Jesse AND Orlando Bloom! Have mercy!!

    So fun to meet you today :)

    1. Ha ha!! You made ME laugh, Ceil, with your "a man you can love more than Jesse AND Orlando Bloom! Have mercy!!" :D Thank you for stopping by!

  2. so glad we're connected now - it is a small world, thanks for stopping by my blog and I do love this post...such a fan of Full House :)

    1. My kids love it too. It's fun to find a series that they can enjoy without worry. :) Thank you for dropping over here! Good to "see" you again.

  3. John Stamos was a favorite of my sister's too. I was in college when this show came out too. Life just seems to pass us by. Lord have mercy, lol. Mercy is a gift and I love the comedic approach. Made me laugh and smile. Thanks. :)

    Mary-andering Creatively

    Mary-andering Among the Pages

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary! Yes, life is flying ... good thing we serve a God whose specialty is mercy! :)

  4. Ha! This is great. Thanks for the lighthearted look at this word today.

    1. :) Lighthearted, but serious at the same time! Thanks for stopping by!


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