Last evening a friend showed me an oceanographic chart identifying the water depth far out to sea. It’s difficult for me to imagine how far out the ocean extends—how deep it is. Most of my relationship with the sea takes place ankle or waist deep. When I see these chars and try to comprehend the vastness of the ocean, I’m reminded of the verse from the prophet Micah describing God’s ability to deal with our human nature. “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” What an incredible promise! The sins that I commit daily despite my good intentions, sins generated by laziness, selfishness, pride, greed, hatred—all of these will be cast from me into the depths, leaving me washed and clean. I have only to accept this grace and make every attempt to live in accord with God’s will, assured of his forgiveness. Father in Heaven, I can no more fathom your power than I can appreciate the vastness of the sea. I thank you for casting my sins from me, granting me your forgiveness and your peace. Amen.

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