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I’m Sorry

I’m Sorry

The sharp sound reverberated through my aching head—a dropped toy, dropped repeatedly on bare floors. I turned, and in one unthinking moment, brought tears to tiny blue-green eyes.

A soft voice and trembling lips attempted to penetrate my heart. “I’m sorry, Mama.”

More angry words rose inside me. I was tired. I’d had a long day. The aspirin I had taken earlier wasn’t working. I was overworked and underappreciated.

How much was one beleaguered mom supposed to take?

But as my frustrated gaze met hers, any defense of my thoughtlessness died on my lips. The Lord revealed to my heart that I could not excuse my cutting words to this little one He had entrusted to me.

I pulled her into my arms—this beautiful, trusting, fragile gift from God. “No, honey, I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?”

She snuggled against me, her arms around my neck, the moment redeemed.

How simple are the words, “I’m sorry.” But how difficult to say!

As a mom, I’m anxious to justify all actions on my part because, well, I’m the mom. But I’d make a bigger mistake if I didn’t admit my shortcoming to the girls. They need to understand that no one is perfect, even parents, and everyone is accountable for their actions.

What a perfect opportunity to teach our children the truth of Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and the power of Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our little ones need to know that sin is real, hurtful, and can reside in every heart. But because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, forgiveness is all-powerful and all-cleansing.

“I’m sorry” makes Mom and Dad genuine, human, and accessible. And it fosters a priceless atmosphere of intimacy and trust.

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, and the author of Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals). A regular contributor to and, she has also published with Southern Writers Suite T, Power for Living, and Southern Writers Best Short Fiction. You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at

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