Dear Lord,

Sometimes it hits me. And I suddenly realize how I’ve failed, fallen short, messed up, hurt others and disappointed You.

It’s hard – really hard – to face this fact. So I try to explain it away. Look for the upside. Make excuses. And do everything I can to convince myself it could have been worse. But what I really need to do is just admit what You and I both know – I’ve blown it.

When I finally get around to doing this, the most amazing thing happens. I am overwhelmed by Your love. I experience Your forgiveness. I receive second, third, fourth and one-hundredth chances. And I am the recipient of the greatest reality of all – how You never give up on me.

So thank You, Lord, thank You. For Your love so real, powerful and transforming – it even works on me!