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

308- A Quarrel Between the Fingers

 

St-Takla.org Image: Hands and fingers, Tolerance, loving everyone صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يدان وأصابع، الاحتمال، محبة الجميع

St-Takla.org Image: Hands and fingers, Tolerance, loving everyone

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: يدان وأصابع، الاحتمال، محبة الجميع

A quarrel took place between the fingers. Each of them wanted to be master. The thumb said, The matter doesnt need taking. Im nearly separated from you. You all are on one scale while Im on another. Youre slaves unable to approach me. Im your master, the most huge and greatest of all.

The forefinger said mockingly, If presidency had been by size the elephant would have been master over human beings. Im the finger that orders and forbids. The president uses me to point to anything or proclaim anything.

The middle finger said laughingly, Im the tallest while youre dwarfs beside me. I dont need to ask you to be subject to me.

Then, the ring finger said, Look brethren! The gold ring is glittering around me. Is the wedding ring put around any one else?

Finally, they all were silence to hear what the little finger would say, Brethren, Im the thinnest and the shortest. I never give orders. Moreover, the wedding ring is never put around me. Whenever you gather together for a certain service, you lean on me. Im your servant.

Then, all bowed down to him saying, The Word of God has said, For he who is least among you all will be great.

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+ Let me be the last among all and a servant for all.

May I never boast of my huge body or fine air,

Or being tall,

Or of what I have of gold or riches.

May I bow down to carry my brethren with love.

Let me O Lord be a servant for all.


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