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

254- Born Blind

 

One of the servants was talking at a gathering about the great love of God and how His Only-begotten Son descended to offer His life to redeem us and to carry us to His heaven. Suddenly, a man from the audience ran to the pulpit from where the servant was talking and said, Ladies and gentlemen, dont believe a single word from what you have just heard. Have you seen God? Have you seen Jesus Christ? Have any of you been to heaven? Have you seen Satan? I hope you dont believe anything that you havent seen with your own eyes. Its stupid to believe in something that you can neither see nor touch.

St-Takla.org Image: Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16), Arabic and English words صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمات ترس الإيمان (أفسس 6: 16)، باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية

St-Takla.org Image: Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16), Arabic and English words

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمات ترس الإيمان (أفسس 6: 16)، باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية

After that man had finished talking, another one took the stand and stated, Dear friends, Ive heard that a river runs near by but I dont believe it. Many have spoken about a public park, a few miles from here, with green grass and beautiful flowers but I dont believe it. It is said that beautiful trees line the streets of our city but I dont believe it. Im sure that many of you will say that Im stupid but Im not. Ive never seen in my life any grass, flowers or rivers, as I was born blind. I need eyesight to perceive the surroundings. Now do you think that I really need eyes to believe that all those things exist around me?

Having said that, the blind man addressed himself to the previous speaker saying, You, sir, in your remarks to the audience, have not discredited the servant. Rather youve proved the fact that you are blind spiritually. Its for this reason that you didnt understand what the others perceive and believe in, the realities that they live in and enjoy.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: أعمى بالمولد.

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Let Your hands touch my eyes that I may see,

That I may see You and get to know You through the eyes of my heart,

To know You and to get close to You, the desire of my heart.

With Your light, O Lord, I see light.

Let Your light rise over the world,

And may You grant the grace of perception to all,

So they would revel in the magnificence of Your glory,

And enjoy communion with You.


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