Looking back there may seem to be mistakes and sins we’ve committed we may never be forgiven for. Even if, somehow, one is absolved by others, the shame of having committed them may cause such intense guilt that it turns to self-hatred, of feeling unworthy in the eyes of others. Yet, in front of the eyes of our Heavenly Father, we were and always will be naked. Our nature is sin, whilst Gods’ is forgiveness. We cannot hide our misdeeds from Him; we can only be forgiven in confessing them. Only if we have the courage to trust in the mercy of our Lord, in admitting to our darkest wrongs, can we be made pure again.
Merciful Father, who sees all that dwells within the heart, please wash my body of its scarlet sins, so that I may become pure as snow. Take my hand, and lead it to the Riverbanks of Jordon, wherein I may cleanse all my trespassings within the Holiest of waters. Bathe me in your mercy, so that I may emerge pure as a lamb, forever thankful, and forever in your debt. Amen.