by William Wyne

How to Get Back to God
William Wyne
Psalms 51:1-11

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

A little boy and his sister were visiting their grandparents for the summer at their farm in the country. His granddaddy gave him his first slingshot. He went out in the backyard and set up soft drink cans on the fence post to practice with his new toy. His first few attempts were half-hearted; he missed so many times. But then he started getting the hang and feel of it, and his confidence got better. He decided to get a larger pellet for the pouch and he seemed to have better luck. The larger pellet moved better and struck his target more often; one by one, he was knocking cans down.

He then started aiming at birds, squirrels, and in doing so his pellet unfortunately struck his grandma's pet duck in the head, killing that duck. The duck stumbled and wobbled and just dropped dead on the spot.

He rushed over with tears and fear, but in his desperation he chose to bury the duck in the woodpile. He looked around to see if any one was looking, as he hid the duck deep in the woodpile. As he looked around the last time, there sto ...

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