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Teach Me Mercy, June 11, 2007
Words and Music by Leah Van Maaren

I wrote this song after singing through a Psalm with the Benedictine Sisters at a convent in Missouri. The idea of crying out to be taught mercy instead of crying out for mercy is what inspired this song. "Those who show mercy will be shown mercy."


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Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God

VERSE 1
To the poor and broken sinner
To the lost and heavy burdened
Teach me mercy, O God
To the sick and weary traveler
To the loud and angry neighbor
Teach me mercy, O God

CHORUS:
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God

VERSE 2:
To the weeping soul beside me
To the lying thief behind me
Teach me mercy, O God
To the widow and her children
The afflicted and addicted
Teach me mercy, O God

CHORUS:
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God

BRIDGE:
Even to my enemies, even to the hard-to-please
Even to the prodigal child
Even to my friends and family, those that misunderstand me
Teach me mercy, O God

CHORUS:
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God
Mercy, teach me mercy
Teach me mercy, O God
Teach me mercy, O God
Teach me mercy, O God

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