Repentance is exhaling. We breathe in God's gifts, which give us hope and life. But broken souls produce waste - hatred, lies, betrayal. Allowed to linger, they accumulate in deep pits of despair. So we must breathe our sin out every day.
So if a man should cry out to you from the depths, heed his call. If someone gasping for breath asks your forgiveness, grant it.
For they're just trying to breathe.
I want to breathe.