I think it will always be a part of my nature
To offer grace.

That doesn’t mean being merciful.
Mercy is choosing not to punish someone
When they deserve it.

Grace is offering someone a good thing
When they haven’t done anything to deserve it.

I do this automatically
For strangers
For friends of friends
For people I know nothing about.

“Here,” I say,
“Take this. It’s a gift.
No, I don’t need anything in return.
Just take it and be warm.”

And I live my life
Without much regret.

The thing is
I would rather bless
Than punish.

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