Core values have served Siloam well since its founding. One of Siloam’s founders, Mick Antanaitis, beautifully reflected on the core value of mercy before a meeting of Siloam’s Board of Directors. Here are his remarks.
Mercy is not a passive concept
Mercy is the active companion of compassion
Mercy is the energetic response of love
Mercy is not pity…It is regard moving in concert with compassion
Mick Antanaitis, one of Siloam’s founders, continues to volunteer on Siloam’s Board of Directors. He is employed as a physician assistant at United Neighborhood Health Services and also is on the pastoral staff at Belmont Church.
It is not mere empathy…it is kinetic
Mercy is not a feeling…it is an expenditure
Mercy is shown
Mercy is bestowed
Mercy is given
Mercy is extended
Mercy is provided
Those who need mercy are vulnerable…and they are unable to cover their vulnerability
They are exposed to pain…and suffering…and want…and damage…and destruction…loss
They have no recourse…or solution…or protection…or benefaction
And they fear the worst…because they are familiar with the worst
Mercy is a grace that provides a remedy…an option…an access to shelter from dire outcome
One of Jesus’ best friends (Peter) once wrote that we are to administer grace in a variety of forms
Mercy is one of the most profound and consequential forms of grace
Siloam is called to be an extender of that kind of grace…And in so doing,
To dispell fear…to quell anxiety…to provide a loving remedy to those who have no other remedy.
There was a time in Israel when 15,000 had died of a plague
Many tens of thousands more were already sick…
They had no medicine…they were all completely exposed…men, women, children, grandparents
And they were fearing the worst
It is not hard to imagine that many of the not-yet-sick were abandoning the sick
They were running away from the vulnerable and the unprotected…
in an attempt to preserve themselves
But one man ran right into the middle of the sickness and toward those who needed healing
Someone needed to bring the energy of mercy to the most vulnerable and the most needy
And so Aaron took the holy fire from the tabernacle,
and ran toward those who had no other hope
The Bible says that Aaron stood between the living & the dead…and the plague stopped (Numbers 16:48, Bible)
Siloam has been constituted to extend the energy of God’s mercy to those who have no other hope…
and to those who have no other option
We are administering grace in a profound way to the vulnerable…
To those who have nothing else to hold onto
Mercy…the work of Jesus…
Mercy…the providing of GOD’S love through our hands.
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