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Songs to Teach and Inspire

by Ministry Through Melody

Tender Mercies – The Inspiration Behind the Song

Tender Mercies is a true story.  I was grieving over my friend, Jason’s auto accident that occurred on the eve before Thanksgiving 2014.   He went from the car that whirled off a curvy, country road and smashed into a tree backwards, to the local hospital, then to Vanderbilt Hospital.   He suffered a broken neck, multiple fractures in his back and was said to be paralyzed from the neck down.  He passed three days later.  A week or so earlier, he had commented to his dad, “I don’t think I’m gonna live long”.

Jason had limitations in his life and had lived his 36 years with a shaky, weak body prone to epileptic attacks, as well as a serious stutter whereby talking was very difficult.

I knew him only a few months as his father was my neighbor.  I would give him work to do to give him something to do and made it a point to take him on outings since he could not drive.  We visited the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and took trips to the lake.  From the moment I met him he had the sweetest smile and sweetest spirit.  I loved to hear him laugh…he would say “Oh Lord” and shrug his shoulders and laugh and it would just tickle me!  I took him to church and tried to have an influence over his life.  But it was difficult to have a stronger influence over him than his father who also drank.  I loved making him laugh and he was always a jolly, sweet spirited person.  He was never taught the difference between safe people and unsafe people, and thus never knew that being with unsafe people can get you into trouble.   http://tinyurl.com/unsafepeople.

So in my grief, one night it occurred to me while vising with my friend, Dr. Richard Perry Ellis, that Jason most likely never suffered any pain through it all!  Perry said to me, “Tender Mercies” and it was soooo fitting with Jason’s tragedy.  So the song was written that night and I will always remember God’s Tender Mercies.

Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, OLord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thytender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tendermercies.

Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

O remember not against us former iniquities: let thytender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tendermercies;

Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.

The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.



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