Visited the Museum of Divine Statues today. So beautiful. I love this quote: "In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal."
Me: I didn't sleep well
Mom: You look good, you don't look tired
Me: It's Laura Mercier
Mom: It's the Lord's Mercy?
Me: Same thing
Hahahaha...for you savvy chicks who are in the know and in need, you know that Laura Mercier is a makeup brand. While I don't wear too much makeup, Laura Mercier's foundation is a miracle. It's a very thin cream that gently smooths out one's complexion. She can take you from ok to flawless in one application. Obviously...mom had never heard of Laura Mercier!
It's funny though Laura Mercier sort of is like the Lord's Mercy -- gently covering us and our blemishes, our faux pas, our regrets. Always ready to take us back with open arms and smooth things out.
I was thinking about mercy this season. I was thinking about how I hate it when someone dents my car, leaves a blemish and doesn't leave a note. I was thinking of the times throughout my life that this has happened. Some big dents some little dents...no note. I did not feel mercy.
But yesterday, I was thinking of a different angle and about the mercy I have received when hitting someone else's car. In fact I was kind of astounded as I thought back on a couple of incidents of mercy.
One time, I was at a red light, and I was multi-tasking in the car....don't ever ever do that. But out of the corner of my eye I saw a light turn green, so at full throttle I hit the gas pedal and slammed into the car in front of me. Turns out the green light was for the turning lane, not mine. The guy I hit pulled his car over, and I apologized profusely. His car was kind of scratched and beat up a bit, so my dent kind of fit right in. Still, I was responsible and ready to pay. He looked it over and said, "Oh, it's not so bad...don't worry about it." I couldn't believe it. I called him a few days later to see how he was, and he said he was OK. Then I saw him later that week at a store, and I said (drumroll please) "We keep running into each other..." He smiled and told me to stay away from him. Haha
Another time on a VERY windy day my car door flew open and really bashed the door of the car next to me. I left a note on the windshield apologizing and asked the owner of the car to call me. A very upbeat woman called back and said, "Thanks for the note! It's not that bad, don't worry about it!" Huh? I had put a huge dent and really scraped the paint on her car. Wow.
Who needs your mercy this season? Who needs your forgiveness?
Here's to Laura Mercier and the Lord's Mercy...sometimes you need a little of both.
Love, love, love to all of you. May you have sweet dreams, sweet treats, happy holidays, comfort, and lots of fun!