YOU KILLED A FOWL
As a kid I liked playing with stones, till one day I threw one and it hit and killed my mother’s fowl instantly. I thought I was alone but, surprisingly, my sister was right behind me watching. Then she said, “Give me N100 and I won’t tell Mum.”
I said, “I don’t have the money but please don’t tell her, she will beat me.”
The following day Mum told my sister to wash the plates and sweep the compound. To my surprise she answered, “Mum, TOM said he will do it.” She then came to me and said, “TOM, you wash the plates and sweep the compound or else… Don’t forget you killed a fowl.”
Without hesitating, I washed the plates and swept the compound for her.
The next day, Mum told her to go and fetch water and fill the drum. She said again, “Mum, TOM said he will do it.” She then came to me and said, “Tom, you remember that fowl?? Fill this drum with water or else…”
That was how I drew water and filled the drum.
That same day in the evening, Mum sent her to the market to buy food items, and again she said, “Mum, TOM said he will go and buy them.”
She came to me again and said, “Tom, don’t forget that the fowl is still dead. Go to the market and buy the food items or else…”
I just stood up and went to our Mum with tears in my eyes. She was sitting in the house. While still crying, I knelt down before her and said, “Mum, I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. I was the one who killed your fowl but it wasn’t a deliberate
Act. Please, Mum, forgive me, I’m sorry.”
Then she replied, “My son, the day you killed the fowl, I was at the window watching everything that happened. Your sister made you her slave because you did not want to come to me to confess and apologize. But now that you have done that, you are free again; she will no longer use you.”
MORAL: Each time we sin, God sees us and our sins make us slaves. The moment we confess to God and ask for forgiveness, we are set free!