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

53- Wont Escape From His Fingers Image: Mother and child صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أم وطفل Image: Mother and child.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أم وطفلة.

In 1994, a young woman came to me crying bitterly and asking me to pray for her recounting her story:

As she was holding her only infant, he fell from between her hands and some of his bones were broken. She took him and rushed to the hospital where the doctor treated him. Yet the hospital considered the mother to have abused the child. In response, it called the Child Abuse Agency so they would take care of the infant instead of the mother. The mother was put to trial because she neglected her infant. The agency demanded to take care of the child, depriving the mother of her motherhood to her only son. It justified its position saying that since the child fell from his mothers hands; she is not responsible enough as a mother to take care of her child. As a result, the mother loses her rights to be with her infant in her house or to raise him. Rather, she should be judged harshly for her negligence.

Truly, we may slip from the hands of our mothers but we can never slip from the hands of our Savior Jesus Christ. How can we slip from between His fingers when we, ourselves, are parts of Christs body?

→ English translation of the story here at لن أفلت من بين أصابعه! Divider

Preserve me, part of Your body, O beloved Head.

Carry me in Your palms.

Place me in Your heart that I may rest there.

There I will not slip from Your hands.

I will not fall from Your fingers,

But I will be preserved by Your great love.

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