Mercy: North Carolina, USA

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No guns allowed beyond this point

Alisa Mappes ©

I was lost in the Carolina back country trying to find my way to my sister’s wedding rehearsal. No phone service, no GPS. Thirty minutes late. I panicked. To calm down, I turned onto a side road. Before me stood an abandoned factory, its rusting colors emboldened by the sun’s setting glow. My camera snapped away. The sign on the front gate portrayed the striking message of letting go of force, something I did when I stopped struggling and pulled over!  This photo op, to me, was God’s Mercy.

“The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future! He causeth him whom He pleaseth to enter the shadow of His Mercy.”

(Excerpts from the Persian Bayan, Selections From the Writings of the Báb)

Alisa lives in Taiwan with her husband Joe. She considers herself extremely lucky to teach children of diverse backgrounds in a European bilingual school in Taipei. When she’s not running after a tiny tot, she’s snapping away on her Canon Rebel and thinking about the needs of an ever advancing society!