Only the heart broken by hopelessness cries out, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner." When such cry is heard in heaven by divine ears and heart, it is never a cry from the pages of ritual. It is the cry of the desperate heart. When the words of repentance are truly thrown out to heaven, forgiveness offered becomes forgiveness received. It is a mysterious divine transaction that transforms sinful broken humankind like you and me into the saints of God fit to dwell in the Kingdom and its heavenly spaces.
There is no cause for delay. The hours are slipping by toward that moment when the hours are no more. As precious as life is, it becomes a wasted thing when lived simply to gratify the ego within us instead of as something to serve the eternal purposes of the Creator who gives the gift. Grace and mercy opens the door. Repentance is that first painful honest step which ushers us inside where the air is filled with forgiveness. Be bold. Enter now. Breathe deeply.