Believing that what we have done can be forgiven, and trusting that we can become "a new person in Christ," is an act of faith in God's power.
When we accept forgiveness we commit ourselves to a changed life; to making amends where possible, to avoid doing harm, and to seeking the best for ourselves and all of God's creation.
Praise the Beloved,
from whom all blessings flow;
for the Holy One can give
peace to my soul,
and free my spirit from stress and strain.
Maybe not forever,
but for this moment,
I will trust in God’s ability.
I will dare to believe.
God’s goodness and mercy
are far greater than we can imagine
and far more than what we deserve.
I am forgiven, loved, and free.
Eternal One, give me the faith
to believe that fully;
give me the courage
to act upon it with joyful confidence,
and the strength to follow Your way
with grace and compassion.
This is a day of new beginnings,
thanks be to God!