Title/Theme: “Show Mercy”; Key/Structure: G Minor (with “mercy” motif in C Major)
Comment about this piece: Between Covid-19 and the unrest resulting from George Floyd’s death – it has been a difficult week. For all of us. Personally, I’m having a hard time. I feel angry and concerned. But also pensive and sad. I think about my childhood best-friend “Paul” who grew up in a mixed-race family. It’s in retrospect I see how much more difficult things were for him than for me. I’m not going to share more here, but I want you to know the background and emotions going through my mind as I was playing and writing this piece of music.
I admit to being a pacifist so I can’t condone the looting or harmful intentions of some of the protesters we see on video. They diminish the vast majority of other protesters who have been peaceful and non-violent. Still, I can’t help but feel a divisive and unsettled nature which has been building – like a powder keg, about to explode. And this is where Mercy steps in…
“Mercy” is a powerful word with strong spiritual overtones (see James 2:13-18). As I often do when trying to understand the power of words – it helps to use a dictionary:
- compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Why didn’t one of the four officers show mercy to George Floyd? That is the core issue in my mind. If we could truly be color blind and strip away all physical characteristics – what we’d have left is our humanity. And as humans, each and every one of us has an obligation to act – to protect one another. I help you. You help me.
We are all equals in God’s eye. When we show mercy to one, we show it to all. And we can build on that…
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STREAM LINK: GG_Piano_Meditations_Show_Mercy
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