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

113- Butterfly in Safety

 

Jack suddenly heard knocks at the window over the garden. Quietly he opened the door and saw an amazing scene. He saw a bird outside the room trying to catch a butterfly inside. The glass of the window stood between them.

St-Takla.org Image: Trapped butterfly behind a glass window. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: فراشة محبوسة وراء الزجاج.

St-Takla.org Image: Trapped butterfly behind a glass window.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: فراشة محبوسة وراء الزجاج.

The bird tried as much as it could to catch the butterfly without seeing the glass. Meanwhile the butterfly tried to escape, not realising that the glass protected it.

As the bird tried in vain, the butterfly was protected from it. Jack lifted up his eyes towards heaven and said,

"Thank You God because Your Divine unseen presence stands between me and the enemy of mankind.

Satan wants to hunt me by his killing beak, but he can not touch me as I am preserved between Your hands.

I’m safe because no one can snatch me out of Your hand (John 10.28-29).

Truly, I am like a helpless butterfly.

I cannot stand in front of the beak of a powerful bird.

Do not let me miss Your care or else I perish.

Guard me by Your divine presence,

Then I will not fear sin or Satan with all his might,

Nor evil people with all their ways,

Nor sad circumstances nor the unknown future.

I am comfortable and safe with Thee, O the fortress of my life.”

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: فراشة في آمان.


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