Friday, January 6, 2012

Remember the Duck

I had another fabulous day today with my friends.  Playing in the woods and along the river.  MOM has been working on Sunday’s sermon in between walks.  She tells me that this Sunday is “Baptism of our Lord Sunday”.  It reminded me of a story that I want to share with you.  I will slip in some of the photos of the great day I had today in between my thoughts.

John the Baptist’s baptism of repentance reached deep into each individual’s heart, stirring the soul, making fertile, watered soil for the baptismal seeds of the Spirit.  Water brought disciples into God’s presence. But it took the Holy Spirit to send the disciples back out into the world. That’s why we are “born of water and of the Spirit.”  The Spirit is given to animate faith into action in the world.

It is the Spirit that creates disciples of doing, disciples of daring. It is the Spirit that gives faith its feet.  Baptism in water, as an act of repentance and re-birth, is a “once-and-for-all time” gift from God, a dying to self and a living to Christ.  Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a “new-every-day” infusion from Christ to all his disciples for their mission in the world.

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents, he was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. He went back to Grandma’s back yard, where he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit. The duck 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, but she said nothing. 
MOM took this shot this past spring not on our outing today.
After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help 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 anyone wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make 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.

Another photo from the summer
Several days went like this: Johnny was doing both his chores and Sally’s. Finally he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he had killed the duck.  “I know, Johnny,” Grandma said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”  So what’s your duck?

What “duck” do you keep remembering? What duck do you keep letting it remind you everyday of your shortfalls and short-comings? It’s so much easier to remember our sins than to recall our salvation. It's easier to see the cracks and broken places in our lives than to feel the strength of God’s Spirit that has glued us back together.

We all have “remember-the-duck!” people in our lives, people who like Sally find it convenient for one reason or another to keep us in our place, people who are constantly whispering in our ear: “Remember the duck.” Don’t listen!

In fact, whenever you hear the “remember the duck!” voice, you need to beat it back with these words: “Remember your baptism.  Remember God’s grace.  Remember the ongoing gift of the Holy Spirit that beckons you into the world to do the impossible.

So those are some of my thoughts on this fine day.  I remember baptism every time my buddy Bert runs and jumps uninhibited in to the life giving water that he loves so much.  Thanks for teaching me more than just how to swimming Bert.


  1. OK... I just GOTTA ASK... will your mom be tawkin about Adam and Eve and FIG LEAVES this week???
    BaaaaaWaaaaaah I just could NOT help myself that just SLID outta me.

    I gotta tell you this... I have been LAFFIN fur DAYS over your post.

  2. Thank you, what a great message and thoughts to ponder. So blessed to have a God of Grace.:)

  3. Wow! Very inspiring message - thank you!

  4. Gee Goose, When I see you walking and playin, it is hard for me to beleive you have such wisdom. YOur so goofy when we play.

    Then you come on home and do a post filled with such great thoughts. Your, like, the coolest.

    My Vickie says we would love to make it on your hike, when are you going? (hope you mean one day next week, we wanna go soon if we can)


  5. I like the question: "What's your duck?". It is so easy to tear myself down all the time with that little monologue in my head. Now, I'll remember the story of the duck...

    I don't think that dogs have symbolic ducks in their lives... but Labs do have real ducks!

    Goose, you sure are smart. I'm with Bert on that one.

  6. Looks like a lot of fun! Sadly, it's snake season here (in South Australia), so are walking tracks are limited at the moment. Certainly, nothing nearly as fun as those pictures!

  7. Wow! That does look like a fantastic day. Fun outside in the water with friends. What dog could ask for more? I guess good food at the end of the day.

    Thank you for linking up with the Pet Bloggers Blog Hop.


  8. A very thought provoking and inspiring post!!! Thank you for that ... and for sharing all these wonderful photos!!
    xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  9. Such a thought provoking post! My mom loved it!

  10. A wonderful parable. Give me some fuel for the day. Thanks!

  11. Beautiful lesson, beautiful post, Goose! Thank you!!!

  12. Hi Goose, You the dawg-great post!!!!! I love analogies and this one was great and will stick with us. Hope you are having a joyfilled day.
    Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

  13. hey Goose,

    Wonderful woofs of wisdom! Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and such great words of Truth.

    The pictures are fabulous! Looks like you and your friends had a super fun day! And you live in such a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing!


  14. Great Post! Me loved the Duck talke and me loved the Goose pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks yous and kisses

  15. Hi Y'all,

    Goose, my Human said she knows that story and always loved it. I got to admire you for knowing all about this God thing that seems to preoccupy the Humans.

    Do you go to church with your Human? I see you in the church when no one is there. I go with my Humans on Sundays when it isn't too warm or too cold, but I have to wait in the car. :(

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  16. Beautiful lesson, Goose.. as always!

    Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

  17. Goose what a lovely lesson. Great photographs.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  18. This is a great post that I somehow missed last week. Glad I made it back to read it!