Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.
We have all fallen short…
We have all done things we have regretted, sometimes due to selfishness, sometimes because we were tired and could not fight any more, and just gave in (even if we knew the choice was not the best), and at other times we have fallen short simply because we made a mistake.
As single parents we can sometimes feel more pressure not to fall short, because when we do, they usually come back to bite us; but this pressure can often lead us to stress which then leaves us open to making mistakes, as the stress can become too much. However, there is good news, as even when we make mistakes, or simply don‘t make the best choices…the good news is that we are still forgiven, and still loved by God, who is like our perfect parent.
Just as God forgives us, we can also forgive ourselves when we fall short (though it may be more difficult for us to forgive ourselves), and our children when they break the rules, or hurt us in some way…even when it seems like they did it on purpose! We have all done things we have regretted and said things we wished we could take back, and it is a relief to know that when we do, we are forgiven. Of course forgiveness does not mean what we did was okay, but that it will be put to rest, and we will move forward, hopefully not to repeat the same sins over and over…but to learn from them.
When we fall short, we can find ourselves supported by the forgiveness of God and the love of those around us, as only other people who have made mistakes can understand our own, and help us to recover, and we, in turn, can share this understanding with our children.
Let us Pray,
God, please forgive our failings, and when we fall short, help us not to fall too far before we reach out for help. Let us remember that mistakes are part of life and parenting, and that there are those in our lives who can see us through, and in turn, we can also see other through their mistakes and show them the same forgiveness we have been given.