I Can Repent

“I Can Repent,” Friend, Feb. 1996, 26

I Can Repent

Even though I’m really trying

To live as Jesus would,

There are times when I’m forgetful

And don’t do as I should.

It makes me feel so bad inside

When I have been unkind,

Or when I’ve said what isn’t true,

Or taken what’s not mine.

I can feel my stomach churning,

A voice whispers in my head,

And my heart feels sad and empty,

So I kneel beside my bed.

I ask my Heavenly Father

If He will please forgive

And help me to remember

How a child of God should live.

I tell my friends I’m sorry

When my words have been unkind.

I make sure that the truth is known,

Return what isn’t mine.

As I make a solemn promise

To always live my best,

There’s a warm and peaceful feeling

That swells up in my chest.

My Father in Heaven loves me,

And so His Son was sent.

And I can live in peace and love

If I learn to repent.

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki