November 28

Psalm 25:5-10

“Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!” vs. 7

All of us have a backstory! And as we meet new people in the course of our lives we often will fill them in on what has gone before. It’s an important and helpful step in building a relationship. Some parts of that story are easy…we can gladly share where we were born or where we went to school. We can tell about our families and hobbies…that kind of information can often be fun to talk about. But there’s usually a limit to what we say…there’s private stuff in each of our lives that we like to keep to ourselves. There are even some things that not one other person knows about…and we really would prefer to keep it that way. Often we’d like to just forget the painful or humiliating events of our past, even when they’ve been the moments that largely define who we have become. The psalmist had been thinking about such things too. There were words and actions from the days of his youth that continued to make him feel guilty…and, even though he can’t forget them, he prays that God would. And that’s exactly what God does! God remembers our sins no more! This truth continues to be at the core of the gospel. No matter what it is that we’ve done God looks us with deep and profound love. Our record is clean. We may not be able to forget, but God does! Thanks be to God!

Thought for the Day: What parts of my past am I reluctant to share?

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