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

96- Escape for your Life Image: A dog with a running hare, rabbit صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلب وأرنب يجري Image: A dog with a running hare, rabbit.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلب وأرنب يجري.

A certain strong dog was boasting to other dogs of his ability to run. Then one day, as he hunted a rabbit, it escaped and the dog could not catch it. The other dogs ridiculed him saying, “Where is your running prowess? This weak rabbit could escape and outrun you.”

He was quiet for a moment and then replied, “Don’t forget that the rabbit was running for its life, while I was running for my dinner.”

The rabbit outran the dog because it was escaping to save its life. The dog, however, was running to hunt the rabbit down and eat it. When you are running for your life, you will have exceptional abilities so that the enemy is unable to catch and devour you.

Escape is power and courage if we understand that sin is deadly to our souls and a destroyer of our eternal lives.(10)

→ English translation of the story here at اهرب لحياتك.


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(10) Green, Michael P. Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Baker Book House. 70.

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