Are you wounded? Despair not. Have you fallen? Get up and say bravely, “Now I have begun.” Fall down before your merciful Master and confess your sins. Before you say anything He will already know what you intend to say. Before you open your lips, He will see what is in your heart. You will not be able to say, “I have sinned”, before you see Him stretch forth His hands to receive and embrace you. Approach with faith, and He will cleanse you immediately as He cleansed the leper, lift you from your bed as He lifted the paralytic and raise you from the dead as He raised Lazarus.

(St. Ephraim the Syrian)