Everywhere a Quack, Quack!

First Sally's eggs hatched, then yesterday Sam's eggs hatched! Hurry, quick, run! I grabbed the camera and headed out the door with almost as much excitement as the children. Sam's nest is right out our back door, we can actually see it from the dining room window. I bet that nest has been looked at a hundred times the last couple days in eager anticipation.

Sam was doing a very good job at covering her little ones, but after several minutes I finally was able to capture this lil' guy peeking his head out from under his mama. We spied three ducklings under Sam, one a little brown spotted duckling that the children named Lucky. I grew up raising chickens, ducks and geese with incubators everywhere, but I do not ever recall any chick feathers other than yellow so I was looking forward to see him running about in a day or too.
We discovered this morning that Lucky is not so Lucky after all. He didn't make it through the night. This makes my children very sad, there were many tears.

Lucky didn't know it, but he made for a perfect school day. In this fallen world there is penalty for sin (Romans 6:23). God never wanted for death, but Eve took from the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genisis 3:1-5). We feel pain and God cries with us (John 11:35). We were meant to live forever, but now there is a time for living and a time for dying (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15). God won't stop us from pain but He can take our pain and work it out for His Glory (Romans 8:28). Thanks Lucky, for making this lesson real.

Let us look forward to the promise that there will come a day where there are no more tears - this happens to be Boy's favorite verse.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away ~Revelation 21:4

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