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

239- Who Will Wash her Hands? Image: Jesus' Blood, word. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة: دم المسيح. Image: Jesus' Blood, word.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة: دم المسيح.

 Alarge meeting was once held in 1893 in Chicago, between the leaders of the religions in the world including Buddhism, Confucianism, etc. As they discussed their various philosophies, Edward Everett (a Christian) said, Gentlemen, Id like to introduce to you the subject of a lady in deep distress; she has blood stains on her hands. She tried every possible means to remove them, including the application of different kinds of scents and perfumes, but to no avail. She could only temporarily give her small hands a pleasant odour. Shes devastated, crying all night for someone to remove those bloodstains from her hands. Those stains, however, remained since those are the bloodstains of the people against whom she committed wrongdoings. Can any of your philosophies help this lady rid herself of those sins? He asked them.

Since all the meeting participants waited for an answer, he continued saying, Ill direct this question to someone else. Ill direct it to St. John, who will tell this lady how to get rid of her sins.

The speaker paused for a moment then said, Listen to what St. John has to say.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us

From all unrighteousness The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin. (1 John 1.7-9).

→ English translation of the story here at من يغسل يديها؟! Divider

My inner feelings cry to You:

Who can wash my hands from my crime?

Who can purify me from my sins?

Your blood purifies from all iniquities.

Your blood washes away the blood- stains from my hands.

Your blood sanctifies me, O most Holy One.

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