Today is Good Friday. On this day and on Easter Sunday, Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a moveable feast, i.e. one which does not occur on the same fixed date every year.

I would like to share a story I heard in this morning’s church message. ‘Remember The Duck’ is a story that illustrates how the devil can boss you around by reminding you about your past wrong doings and guilts. I hope this story speaks to your heart as it did for me.

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with, out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting discouraged, he headed back for lunch.

As he was walking back, he saw his Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

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

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing, and Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help me make supper.” But Sally smiled and said, “Well, that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.” And she whispered again, “Remember the duck?”

Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you.

But, I was just wondering how long would you let Sally make a slave of you.”

The moral of the story:

Whatever happened in your past, whether it had to do with lies, deceits, bad habits, defilements, etc, whatever it may be, how long will you let the devil makes a slave of you, how long will you let your enemy makes a mockery of you?

What is better – to ask for forgiveness, reclaim your joy and walk freely or hiding guilts and be shoveled and threatened day and night?

I know my answer and my answer is the former, that is Happiness is to be Forgiven, Forgiveness brings Happiness.

How about you?

记得那只鸭子的中国版本。