Lord, it is easy for us and for others to see what is obviously wrong with us; it is easy to see our physical problems or social inadequacies or vocational struggles, for example.
But Lord, it is not so easy for us or for others to see what is not so obviously wrong with us; it is not easy to see our sin, to see that condition that blocks us from having a life that is full of meaning even in the midst of outward and obvious struggles.
So Lord, thank you for seeing and for doing something about the situation that is, when we get right down to it, our most serious problem.
Thank you that we can take heart, no matter what we are going through, because our sins are forgiven.
“He said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’” (Matthew 9:2b)