Irene's thoughts

Were you out on May Day morning washing your face in the dew? I doubt if you were. But I remember from my childhood being sent out to do just that, though I can’t for the life of me think why! It certainly didn’t wash us clean.

The Bible tells us that we are all stained by sin. It is as though sin has left an indelible mark on us that no amount of scrubbing can remove or make-up cover. Saying sorry doesn’t take the stain away. Pretending that we’ve not sinned doesn’t lighten it.

Thankfully the Bible has good news for those who are conscious of their sins and seek forgiveness from the Lord. God says, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’

How can that be? Our cleansing was bought by Jesus; he paid for it on the cross of Calvary. (see Isaiah 1:18)