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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

50- I Am Unconvinced Following you

 

St-Takla.org Image: A Coptic cemetery - at St. Tadros Church, Shatby (El Madafen), Alexandria, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مقابر قبطية، في كنيسة الأمير تادرس الشطبي، الشاطبي، (المدافن) الإسكندرية، مصر - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت

St-Takla.org Image: A Coptic cemetery - at St. Tadros Church, Shatby (El Madafen), Alexandria, Egypt - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مقابر قبطية، في كنيسة الأمير تادرس الشطبي، الشاطبي، (المدافن) الإسكندرية، مصر - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت.

A believer entered the tombs of India. He walked contemplating on the life of the dead who lost this world. While he was immersed in his thoughts, he found a hundred year old grave with writings on it by the person buried in there. It reads,

Remember you stranger, who cross me,

You are now where I was once,

And as I am now you will once be someday.

Prepare for death and follow me.

As the believer thought about what was engraved on the tomb, he found another writing on the same grave made by one of the people who crossed that grave before. It says, “I am not convinced that I should follow you until I know what road you are taking.”

Truly how hard it is to be convinced to follow a dead person to the grave unless one is aware that one can cross from the grave to a new life. The one who will never be trapped by the grave is our Lord Jesus Christ who says,

“I am the resurrection. I am the way.”

Let us follow Him until we enter the grave. Then we would enter the bosom of the Father singing,

“O Death, Where is your sting?

O Hades, Where is your victory?”

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: أن أتبعك، هذا ما لست مُقتنعًا به!


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