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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Olorun s'aanu mi

I remember a few times here and there, while we lived on Harlem Street, when my grandma would say to me: Olorun s'aanu e. Translated: “Lord have mercy on you.” 

This would typically be said after I’ve done something that, well, I probably needed mercy for – nothing too grave in my childlike understanding, at the time as a high schooler. I should also note that it is quite possible that almost everything my grandma said was a prayer, “Gbemisola, say amen!” Oh, sorry grandma, I thought we were just talking.” 

And I used to think that her saying “Olorun s'aanu e” was one of the harshest things to say to someone.  Lord have mercy on me? Well, jeez, Lord have mercy on you too! What did I do??? (Hey, don’t judge me. Well, you can judge me but I’m not the same me I was in 2000, glorrrraaaay!) 

A decade and some years later, I definitely see the importance behind that prayer and a thousand times over appreciate that wonderful woman God blessed me with as my grandma. (Grandma Tribute)  And I so appreciate that her prayers for mercy upon me and our family are still being performed today. 

Now, Olorun saanu mi is one of my most common and easiest prayers to say.  Translated: Lord have mercy on me. (Woooh chil’)   

Lord have mercy, let Your mercy prevail over judgment! One of my favorite prayer leaders (can we have 'favorite' prayer leaders? Well, I do.) oft-prays quoting from Isaiah, “even our righteousness is like filthy rags, how much more our unrighteousness?” during the mercy portion of the prayer meeting. word up. What's filthier than filthy rags? Our unrighteousness, eeeek!

It’s real out here in this journey of life and that’s just with our flesh and carnal minds alone, not to talk of the spirits and principalities. "The heart of man is desperately wicked."

Lord have mercy on me, my family, my loved ones, my future children (twins!!) and children’s children to the 10th generation, forever and ever. Amen!

Lord have mercy on me all day, every day. Where would I be without it… *African accent, hmph*

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, 
and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord, forever and ever Amen.

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