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

120- A Dark Path


In a dark path, the two brothers Stephan and Marc started their walk talking with each other when suddenly a speeding car passed beside them and splashed them with mud. With a nice smile Stephan said to his brother, Its just a sprinkle, weve to take care if another car passed.         Image: Mud, from's Ethiopia visit photos, 2008 صورة: طين، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا للحبشة سنة 2008 Image: Mud, from's Ethiopia visit photos, 2008 - Photograph by Michael Ghaly for, April-June 2008

صورة: طين، من صور رحلة موقع الأنبا تكلا للحبشة سنة 2008 - تصوير مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا، إبريل - يونيو 2008

When they got closer to light, Marc said, It isnt a sprinkle as you thought Stephan.

Well wash our clothes when we get home Marc.

But when Marc saw his clothes closely he said, We cant go to visit our friend George with these dirty clothes. Weve to get home and get clean clothes before we visit our friend. Divider

As long as we are in this world, the dirt of the world is going to soil our bodies. If we stay in the darkness we think it is just a sprinkle but when we get closer to our Christ (The Light) we realize that an action should be taken.

We have to get back to our repentance and confession, to put on the new mans work which is offered to us by the Holy Spirit. Then, we can reach our heavenly home.

→ English translation of the story here at في طريقٍ مظلمٍ. Divider

Many a time, I drink sin like water.

Many a time my life was soiled by sin.

Let Your light shine upon me, my Savior.

Lighten my inner man in order to be ashamed of myself.

I go back to Your church to find You the holy one purifying my inner being.

I confess to You my sin and unholy life.

I enjoy Your fiery Spirits work in me, which pours Your glory upon me.

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