Tomorrow my friend, Michael, is going to take me to the Carmelite Monastery for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (See the photo below.) That means when I leave the monastery grounds I will be a different person than when I arrived. I will be spiritually renewed, something I need, as it's been several months since I've made a confession. Like ashes in a fireplace, my inner spirit needs to be cleaned out.
God tells Isaiah: "...though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
What a gracious God we have who allows fresh starts! It's a bit like flipping the sign on my dishwasher from "dirty" to "clean" after I've run the cycle. We are washed in His grace.
His mercies are new every morning and I thank Him for that.