Our assignment was to write one or more fables of our own in the style of Aesop, choosing our moral first, linking it to a scriptural truth, and then writing the story. Here are my two fables. The moral of the first is based of a combination of a couple of Scriptures. Personally, I like the second one better…
The Goose and the Hen
One spring a goose and a hen in the barnyard each decided to lay a clutch of eggs. The hen laid one each day for seven days, and faithfully sat on them all, carefully turning and adjusting them so that each was kept warm. The goose, too, laid an egg each day for a week. However, she was not content to sit for weeks in her nest, doing nothing but tending eggs. “I am not about to miss springtime on the farm by going broody!” she remarked to the hen.
Later that month, the hen’s eggs hatched, and she had a fine collection of chicks. The goose’s eggs, of course, did not hatch.
Time passed, and the hen’s children grew up and multiplied, providing her with a large and happy extended family. When the hen died one autumn, she died peacefully and contentedly amidst her kin.
That same autumn, as she lay dying, the lonely goose thought back to that happy spring when she had romped happily about the farm instead of sitting on her eggs. Her happiness then had not been of the kind that endured. Regretfully, she moaned, “Oh, that I, too, had a family to be part of now!
Certainly, faithfulness brings its own reward, and unfaithfulness, its lack thereof.”
Matthew 25:21 – ‘…“You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”’
Luke 19:26 – ‘[The master] replied, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”’
The Crow and the Nightingale
Once, in a country town, there was a crow whose voice was harsh and raspy. Wherever she went, her screaming caused people to despise her. When she flew to the schoolyard, cawing rudely at the children there, boys threw stones at her. When she flapped shrieking into a barnyard, the farmer scared her away. As she winged past the cottages, mothers heard her grating screams and stuck their fingers in their babies’ ears.
One evening, after a long day of harsh caws and angry rejections, the crow was returning to her tree to sleep. As she flew by a garden, she met the nightingale who was just awakening to sing in the twilight.
“Why is it that everyone likes you more than me,” croaked the crow questioningly, “when I am bigger and prettier than you?”
“Why?” trilled the nightingale. “It is because my words are gentle and soothing, while yours are harsh and vexing. Perhaps, if you were kinder, others would like you better.”
The crow went home to her tree that evening, humbled by the smaller bird’s wisdom.
The way words are spoken affects people’s reactions.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.