>Thinking you must do some penance before presenting yourself before me is a thoroughly human idea and not at all grounded in the truth. You fail, you ignore, you curse each other; then you must do something to feel worthy of being in each other's presence again. I am not a man and your offenses, failures, and curses against me have all been forgiven to such a degree that the only offense from which you cannot recover is the offense of purposefully remaining outside of my presence. Even the offense of thinking you must perform some trifling and ridiculously small "righteous" act (which is truly an awful offense when you view it in comparison with what I myself have done on your behalf to provide you access to me) is itself forgiven once you earnestly come to me again with empty hands. Have you wasted the morning in pursuit of worthless idols? A day? A week? A month? A lifetime? Come now. Your pride blinds you. A thousand years is as a day to me. Your wasted life or your wasted moment are large to you but small to me. Small is not insignificant, it is only small. I am large. My patience is large. My mercy is large. My love for you is large. You need only see this and you will lose your mourning over lost things in rejoicing over finding everything in me. Come now let us reason together; let us decide. Your short-fallings are stark to you - red as scarlet they stand out in your eyes, but I can make them disappear. I can cover them all like a blanket of new fallen snow. So let us decide now together. Would you like to receive what I have done for you? Or do you remain outside with your pride, cobbling together some popsicle stick offering you think can open doors I alone have opened with my own hands?