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

257- She Shut off the Gas Image: Repent and Pray, by Sister Sawsan صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: توبة و صلاة، رسم تاسوني سوسن Image: Praying in repentance, Repent and Pray: A Coptic woman/girl praying and crying, with her hands up, along with a candle, by Sister Sawsan.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الصلاة بانسحاق، توبة و صلاة: امرأة/فتاة قبطية تصلي وتبكي، ويداها مرفوعتان، وخلفها شمعة، رسم تاسوني سوسن.

In Glasgow, Scotland, a woman went into a hotel. She was totally broken, in despair and she desired to die. In her room, she closed the door and opened the gas connected to the heater so that it would fill the room and cause her to suffocate and die.

 She sat on a chair in a state of despair, when she noticed a book on a table. She picked it up, opened it and started reading. It says,

“You are not your own. For you were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6.19-20).

 The lady realized that her life was not hers but it belonged to God. She got up, ran to shut off the gas and opened the room door to let the gas out. She then kneeled to God and asked fervently for His heavenly condolence.

→ English translation of the story here at وأغلقت على الغاز! Divider

Why are you cast down, O my soul?

And why are you disquieted within me?

You are not mine,

But the Lord bought you at a price.

He died for you to give you glory.

Wait on the Lord.

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