Lord, I know you forgave me before the world was created. I know that asking for forgiveness after I've been forgiven is not for Your benefit, is not something I do to be forgiven, but is something I do when I need to release myself from the guilt I feel, for the pain I carry for hurting myself, for hurting others, and for hurting You.

Lord, take away my guilt. Help me to forgive myself after the fact as thoroughly as You forgave me before the fact.

Amen