A little boy visited his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with in the woods. He practised, but couldn't hit the target. Getting discouraged, he headed back to dinner.
As he walked back, he saw Grandma's pet duck.
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."
Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?"
So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing.
Grandma said, "I'm sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper."
Sally smiled and said, "Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help."
She whispered again, "Remember the duck?"
So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing his chores and Sally's, he could stand it no longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt beside Johnny and said, "I know. I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing.
Because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."
Thought for the day:
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done that the enemy throws in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.), Whatever it is, your Higher Power was standing at the window and saw the whole thing.
He wants you to know He loves you and that you are forgiven.
He wonders how long you will let the enemy make a slave of you.
Remember, God not only forgives you, He forgets.
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