“If you break a good law, justice must be invoked not only for goodness’ sake but for the good of your own soul. Justice may consist of paying a price for what you’ve done or simply of the painful knowledge that you deserve to pay a price which is payment enough. Without one form of justice or the other, the result is ultimately disorder and grief for you and everybody. Thus justice is itself not unmerciful.
Justice also does not preclude mercy. It makes mercy possible. Justice is the pitch of the roof and the structure of the walls. Mercy is the patter of rain on the roof and the life sheltered by the walls. Justice is the grammar of things. Mercy is the poetry of things. ~from Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner
Most people are not aware that slavery still exists in our society, let alone that there are 27 million people enslaved around the world. In order for the poetry of mercy to rain down on the victims of human trafficking we must first educate ourselves about the issue. Take 10 minutes today to educate yourself about 21st century human slavery.