When we say "God with us", we are speaking of the present at all times. We are not concerned with the "ought tos" of the past or the "what ifs" of the future.
The next time they met up he asked what God had told her. She replied, "God said, 'I forgot.'"
Hebrews 10:3 says "But in those [old] sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year."
All the the things we try to do for forgiveness only serve to remind us of sin God has forgotten. We cannot keep doing things to keep us locked up in shame and guilt.
In Jesus, God has forgotten all of our sin; past, present, and future.
I am soaking in the fact God has already forgotten all the sin I have not yet committed. The sins I will commit are already forgotten. (Heb. 10:17)
Grace will always be ridiculous to me.