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Sin and Forgiveness (Blake Bumpus, Lafayette, LA)


When I was a believer,
whenever I would commit a sin,
I would contemplate on why
what I did was bad, what
I could learn from it, and
how to fix the problem and/or
avoid further punishment/complications.
I would acknowledge this to God
by saying “please forgive me”.
As a college student many years later,
whenever I do something that
hurts another or myself
I contemplate on why it
was bad and how to fix
the problem.
Afterwards I’ll attempt to
forgive myself by saying
“it’ll be alright” or “you’re only human”
or “you’ll do better”.
Nothing much has changed
since when I was ten
to when I was twenty.
Basic thought patterns,
habits, and neurotic tendencies
are the same.
But I don’t recognize
my past life, I don’t see
how they can be connected,
how friendships and relationships
grow and die and how beliefs
and opinion fluctuate,
but I know I’m the same person
because the fears
never do,
the fears never change,
and I’ll always hope
there is a savior
above.

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