Guilty. It’s a word that plucks the mom guilt string in my own heart. Mom guilt seems to be the worst kind of guilt for many of us.
What can we do about the guilt that we mothering figures experience? That guilt is just as real and vibrant as the guilt we feel about the way we treated our parents or stepchildren or grandparents or sisters and brothers or extended family members.
With the apostle Paul, I want to shout, “Wretched [person] that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Paul’s immediate answer? “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25a).
God’s forgiveness is stronger than our guilt.
This message is an excerpt from “Family matters: The reality of mothering” by Susie Gamelin in the May 2020 issue of Gather magazine.