Each of us needs mercy. We are broken, suffering the effects of our own fallenness, as well as the problems in our world. The gospel is God’s answer to our sin. But our needs are not only spiritual; they’re physical. And the same applies to those around us. We not only offer words to people. We offer deeds. Our Lord is a compassionate God who cares for the fatherless and the widow, fights for the oppressed, lifts up the poor, and defends the defenseless. We long to image his mercy to a hurting world.