Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1, ESV
When I was a kid, I accidentally broke one of my grandma’s porcelain dolls. As a kid, I was afraid and did not want to face the punishment, so I tried to run. I remember as I was out trying to get away, feeling the sense that there really was no place safe for me to go, so I returned to my grandma to face the punishment. What I found was that my grandma was concerned because I had left, and she gave me a hug and assurance. I was given relief in her forgiveness; this is the same with our God. God desires for us to be relieved of any guilt and shame. What I was afraid of was an angry grandmother ready to paddle my behind, but what I found was grace, comfort, and forgiveness. She was saddened by what happened, but she loved me more. This is much more true with our God.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.