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 is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.