Days 36 to 40: The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.

Day 36

The Forgiveness of Sins

Psalm 32.1-7

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’,
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all who are faithful
    offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
    shall not reach them.
You are a hiding-place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

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It is sometimes a difficult thing to realize that we are not perfect. But it is enormously liberating to realize first that imperfection is part of the human condition and, second, that God stands ready to forgive.

God’s forgiveness is readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. God’s forgiveness is available through the whole length of our lives. Forgiveness is retrospective over the whole course of our lives. Our actions are covered as well as our words, our thoughts and our intentions.

There is nothing we can do to earn this forgiveness: no accumulation of good deeds, no vows or promises, no sacrifices. God’s forgiveness is a generous gift of grace, made possible once and for all through the death of the Son of God on the cross.

This good news of forgiveness is not only for me or for those around me as I say the creed. It is my calling to make it known.


Who around me most needs to know about God’s forgiveness? What is the next step in helping them to understand it?


Give us honest hearts, O God, and send your kindly Spirit to help us confess our sins and bring us the peace of your forgiveness...

Common Worship Psalm Prayer for Psalm 32

The Apostle's Creed

Saying the Creed binds Christians together as a believing community, across different traditions and practices. As we say the Creed, we join Christians past and present, and from all over the world, in proclaiming our common faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand
of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

About this text

Our daily reflections are taken from a new booklet by Bishop Steven: Pilgrim Journeys: The Creeds. The Pilgrim Journeys booklets are ideal daily companions for anyone seeking to grow in the Christian faith.

Pilgrim Journeys: The Creeds by Bishop Steven Croft is published by Church House Publishing. Text and audio are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Quotations from the Psalms, Psalm Prayers and Collects are taken from Common Worship (2000) and Common Worship: Daily Prayer (2005) which are copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and 2005 respectively and are used here with permission. Other Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.

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