Everyone has a shadow and whenever they come into the light or into the sunshine their shadow is exposed. Similarly, whenever we come to God in confession, it’s like God’s light shining on us and our shadow, our sin is exposed, laid bare before God, but as soon as we repent, confess and ask God for forgiveness the shadow is banished, dealt with: It’s like God stands directly over us so the shadow no longer exists… it has been cast away.