Bible Verse: “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:2)

Scripture Reading: Psalm 32:1-11

The following story comes from Richard Hoefler’s book, “Will Daylight Come?”

A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. Johnny practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s backyard he spied her pet duck. On an impulse, he took aim with his slingshot and let fly. The stone hit the duck and it fell dead. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all.

After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help you in the kitchen today, didn’t you, Johnny?” And she whispered to him “Remember the duck!” So Johnny did the dishes.

Later, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make the supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of. Johnny wants to do it.” Again, she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing. Finally, after several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he had killed the duck.

“I know, Johnny” she said, giving him a hug. “I was at the window and saw the whole thing. But I love you and forgive you. I wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you!”

All of us, in our past, have hidden “dead ducks” under the woodpile, and we, like that little boy, have gone through multiple maneuvers to keep them a secret. The cover-up is so important to us that we will work harder, double our good deeds, lie or even change jobs in order to keep the ex-quackers buried. That is all very hard and exhausting.

But remember that God – just like the grandma – has seen the whole thing. Because He loves us, He is more than willing to forgive us. He just wonders how long we will let our past keep us enslaved. The Bible reminds us, “If we confess our sin he (Jesus) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

God’s forgiveness through Christ is available for you today, no matter what is under the woodpile. Why not ask him to set you free?

Don’t stay a slave to your past. Remember the duck!

— Dave Petrescue in Pastor Dave’s Reflections
©Brenda Petrescue, 2008. Used by Permission


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