I am sorry. Three simple words, and yet they convey so much feeling and emotion. As a parent, we hear the words from our children, and we know that our son or daughter recognizes that they have done somethng wrong. With the recognition is the feeling of wanting to make it up to you, in some way, a feeling of repentance.

But sometimes, the words are said so often, that they kind of lose some of their sparkle, of their significance. This loss can be felt by the person saying the words, or, the person hearing them. Time has a way of wearing down emotions like sorrow and love. Our eternal Father in heaven exists outside of time. He does not suffer the limitation of time. Everything is now. There is no past, no future, only now. He hears our sorrow and accepts it. He holds us close to Himself, always, but somehow, with our sorrow He seems to hold us closer.

We, however, are limited by time. We do experience a lessening of the feeling of sorrow. And so, our expression of sorrow to our almighty Father in heaven can be tainted, can be somewhat stale. He hears our promise of reparation. He hears our sorrow. He knows our weaknesses. And yet, He forgives us completely, totally, as though the sin had not taken place. Oh if we could only forgive in like manner.

We are strange. We expect total forgiveness from others, but will withhold total forgiveness many times, to many people. Well, here is a wakeup call. Say the Our Father and mean it. Think of every word. Think of the meaning of every word. “…and forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us…” Whether you say trespasses or debts, the meaning of the word “AS” still means the same thing. Forgive us, just like we forgive others.