THE HEALING EYES OF MERCY. A TRINITY OF LOVE.
By: Karen Schwaner Sheehy
After two and a half years, my book manuscript is coming to completion. My content editor, Cathy Cresson, did an amazing job in helping me to refine its overall message and desired intent. As a result, the title has changed and its content has been reworked. Despite these efforts, however, the heart of my story remains the same. I have also determined the best publishing route for this project. As a first time author, self-publishing seems to be inevitable. With that in mind, I have chosen Christian Faith Publishing to help me get my story out to the many readers who might be interested. My goal is to have a finished product by mid 2018. Below is part of the introduction to The Healing Eyes of Mercy. A Trinity of Love. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak! I would like to thank each of you for your support and encouragement along the way. This project has truly been a labor of love, one that has deepened my love for God and appreciation for the many gifts He has bestowed upon my life.
INTRODUCTION: THE TRINITY OF LOVE
1Corinthians 13:13. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!
Everything in life is a gift from God, the families we are born into, our cultural heritage and childhood faith traditions. By far, the greatest of all divine gifts is God’s gift of love. In fact, God so loved the world that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in expiation for our sins. Christ, in return, sent the Holy Spirit to guide and instruct us in holiness. There is but one God, one God and three Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), for God is relational. He is a Trinity of Love. Surrounding this beautiful love story, however, is an Epic battle as old as time, the battle between God and the fallen angel, Lucifer or Satan. Positioned between the light of God’s love and the temptations of darkness, we must choose. Do we choose love or bitterness, joy or pain, light or darkness? This is the question pondered and presented in The Healing Eyes of Mercy. This is our choice to make, for God desires a covenant of love, freely given and never forced.
God’s divine invitation is met by an endless variety of responses, each as uniquely beautiful as a falling snow flake. At the heart of every story is the steadfast love of the Triune God. With the patience of a loving Father, He woos the desired until at long last His love is accepted. As this loving relationship grows, so does its intimacy, for in Christ, we find the perfect Savior, friend and spouse. He is the groom and we, as members of His Body and Church, are His bride. This love, between Father and Son, and Christ and His Church, is the Holy Spirit. Nurtured, fed and instructed in the ways of holiness, we are called to bring the light of Christ to a world in desperate need of love.
The Healing Eyes of Mercy is a riveting, true story account about a modern-day family of three on a miraculous journey towards the light of God’s love. Pummeled by the damaging effects of infertility, mental illness, loneliness, despair, separation and loss, the despondent mother eventually learns to place her trust in God and subsequently finds the courage and determination to unify her family and support her troubled son’s restless heart. Humbly, I testify that I am that woman, for I wrote this story down after receiving a direct prompting from God. This is a story about my small family of three, brought together through an open adoption process, and our miraculous journey towards God’s healing eyes of mercy.
We represent the prideful, self-reliant, distracted, and wounded of the world, a world surrounded by the shadows of darkness and in desperate need of the light of God’s love. This is my story, a story of denial and return, spiritual death and rebirth. It is my story but also yours, for it is about the healing affects of God’s intimate embrace, redemptive love and boundless mercy. It is a story about our past, present and future, for when we see all things through the healing eyes of mercy, there is no past, present or future, but only moments of pure understanding.