First: A word about blogs.
Blogging is frequently criticized on the ground that it is inherently self-centered to expect the world to read and care about one's daily life and thoughts. I too have engaged in such criticism. However, upon reflection, I am not sure that the charge is entirely fair. Constantly talking about oneself is equally self-centered and annoying, yet few denounce conversation wholesale. I think the analogy is apt; blogging, like conversation, is not wholly tasteless if it is used appropriately. Let us hope I am right. If you disagree, please save us all some annoyance and don't read my blog.
Second: A word about the title.
I was intrigued to find that in Greek, Matthew 5:7 reads roughly, "Blessed are the merciful, because they will be mercied." My Greek scholar friends may take issue with my rudimentary understanding of the language, but I like it. May I be worthy of its promise.
Third: Ground rules.
In light of point one above, I think it fair to establish some parameters. I would hope this blog (like any good conversation) is not all about me. That's not very interesting. I will feel free to share thoughts, impressions, and some interesting happenings that naturally arise from a personal viewpoint, but I would like to keep the focus more broad then that. Accordingly, feel free not to confine your comments (which I welcome) to my perspective. However, when commenting, please keep it appropriate for family viewing. No personal attacks (possible exemption of political figures -- if they are fair game for the media), and please respect your friends, your host (me), and your Creator.