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

252- I Lost Everything

 

After having lost all his wealth in a stock market transaction, Mark returned home too upset to talk to anyone. Seeing him sitting miserably in his chair, and unable to speak with his family, his wife told their children that they should support their father in his feelings since they always enjoyed the fruit of his labour. One by one they went and sat around him.

His wife then said to him, Dont be upset Mark. God who has given you abundantly has permitted that some be taken back from you. Lets thank Him for taking care of us.

After a moment of silence, Mark said angrily, Ive lost everything; I dont have a dime left to my name.

St-Takla.org Image: The family together: Father, Mother, and Children: two girls and a boy صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: العائلة معًا: الأب، الأم، الأبناء: الأطفال (بنتين، ولد)

St-Takla.org Image: The family together: Father, Mother, and Children: two girls and a boy

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: العائلة معًا: الأب، الأم، الأبناء: الأطفال (بنتين، ولد)

His wife smiled saying, But you still have me; how can you say that you lost everything? Am I not better than any wealth?

His son and daughter then said, You also have us and you have your health. Arent these blessings better than all the riches of the world?

Then the wife and children added, You still have two strong hands to work with, two feet to carry you wherever you go and two eyes to see.

The youngest child finally said, God has left you His true promises; Hes our righteous Father who is with us and who satisfies all our needs. Let us sing with the Psalmist,

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits (Ps. 103.2).

Mark felt ashamed and said, Now I know that I havent lost everything, but what I lost is nothing compared to what my God has bestowed upon me.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: قد خسرت كل شيء.

St-Takla.org Divider

Glorify the Lord O my soul,

And forget not all His blessings.

I am indebted to my Creator for my soul,

And to my Saviour for every inner glory.

My soul will praise You for the rest of my years in this life,

Until I see You, then I shall join the heavenly hosts in their praise of You.

As long as I have You, I lose nothing,

Even if I lose the whole world, even death makes me see You face to face.


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