“Do you remember about the Duck?”

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“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” – Pr. 28:13

There was a small boy visiting his grandparents at their farm. He had a slingshot with which he played all day, he practiced with it in the forest but never hit the target. Being a little disappointed, he returned home for dinner.

As he approached home, he spotted his grandma's pet duck. Unable to contain himself, he used his slingshot and hit the duck on the head and killed it. He was sad and scared, and still in panic, he hid the duck’s body in the forest. But he did not realize that his sister was watching him. Lucrecia had seen everything but said nothing.

After eating, the grandmother said, "Lucrecia, come with me to wash the dishes." But Lucrecia said, "Grandma, Pedro told me that today he wanted to help you in the kitchen, isn’t that right, Pedro?" And she whispered in his ear, "Do you remember the duck?" Then, without saying anything, Pedro washed the dishes.

On another occasion the grandfather asked the children if they wanted to go fishing, and the grandmother said, "I'm sorry but Lucrecia is going to help me prepare the food." But Lucrecia with a smile said, "I can go, because Pedro told me that he would like to help you." Again she whispered in his ear, "Do you remember about the duck?" Then Lucrecia went fishing and Pedro stayed and helped his grandmother.

After many days in which Pedro was doing his own tasks and those of Lucrecia, he decided to admit what he had done. He went to his grandmother and confessed that he had killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a big hug and said, "Sweetie, I already knew it, I stood at the window and saw everything, but because I love you I forgave you.” But I was wondering how long you would allow Lucrecia to have you as her slave."

How long will you allow your sins, without confessing, to keep you a slave? The apostle Peter says,  "They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved"(2 Peter 2:19). Man is a slave to whatever dominates him.

Today you can enjoy the glorious freedom of the children of God. But how?  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:9)

Jesus, the Son of God, loves us and is willing to wash us of our sins with His blood (see Rev. 1: 5). Why don’t you accept His invitation and after this you can forget about the duck?

- Jaime Restrepo