God is the God of the Penitent

by Scott D. Hendricks

Behold, let no one say: I have committed many sins — there can be no forgiveness for me. He who says this does not know that God is the God of the penitent, that He came to earth not to save the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance, and that when someone repents the heavens rejoice over him. . . . Let us also run to Him, for all sinners who have run to Him have found salvation.

~ St. Ephraim the Syrian

from 126 in A Spiritual Psalter

A Spiritual Psalter or Reflections on God excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian arranged in the manner of the Psalms of David, translated by Antonina Janda, together with The Life of St. Ephraim, translated by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen (Liberty: The St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1997), 200-201.