Our greatest blessing is the forgiveness Christ has purchased for us at the cross. In His shed blood we have forgiveness and new life. Because of what He did we know that anytime we sin we can turn in repentance and receive forgiveness. However, repentance means turning around, renouncing the sin, and going in the opposite direction. But it seems to me that there are some conditions of life from which we cannot turn. Some situations that we are incapable in ourselves of changing. We recognize these as blocks in our relationship, things that are not where the Lord would have us to be. I think of Jesus encounter with the rich young man in Mark 10:17-27, among others. We look at our life knowing of something that binds us from our full service to our Lord, but from which we cannot turn. It is in these that we fall on the full mercy of our Lord. It is in recognizing such things in life that make the Kyrie of our worship service our heartfelt cry. “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.” These are not meaningless repetition of words. They are the cry of a life that God hears and uses to work in the deepest parts of life.