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

78- A Straight Canal or A Winding River(1) Image: A road between the ice صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: طريق وسط الثلوج Image: A road between the ice, bending river.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: طريق وسط الثلوج، نهر متعرج.

 A student asked his teacher, “Why is it that most canals are straight, while most rivers are winding?”

 The teacher answered, “People exert a lot of effort in digging canals, digging even through solid rock so that no water would get wasted in the curves. On the other hand, river water tends to take the easy route, bypassing obstacles. That is why water runs around hills and elevations without penetrating them.”

 Many people are like rivers. They live in a relaxed and immature way, avoiding obstacles and problems without exerting any effort following God. They find it much easier to watch TV, read the paper or call friends than to pray, talk to God and enjoy the word of the Bible.

→ English translation of the story here at قناة مستقيمة أم نهر متعرج؟


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Green, Michael P. Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Baker Book House. 30-31.

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