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

319- Are There no Fathers?

 

I was moved after reading a letter which an American child wrote to God. He said:

Dear God,

 Is there any of the Patriarchs around us today?

Patrick

 

St-Takla.org Image: Ancient Coptic icon: Monastery of the Syrians, church of the Holy Virgin Mary, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in paradise صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة قبطية أثرية تصور بطاركة العهد القديم الآباء إبراهيم، اسحق، يعقوب في السماء - دير السريان، مصر

St-Takla.org Image: Ancient Coptic icon: Monastery of the Syrians, church of the Holy Virgin Mary, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in paradise

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة قبطية أثرية تصور بطاركة العهد القديم الآباء إبراهيم، اسحق، يعقوب في السماء - دير السريان، مصر

I felt that this message reveals the thirst of the world to enjoy the presence of one of the early fathers like Abraham or Isaac or Jacob; one that carries the spirit of faith, with a tender fatherhood and leadership in the way of truth.

The American culture offers all what is humanly conceivable to satiate our hunger. This is especially true for children in terms of freedom, educational and recreational games, etc. Nevertheless, we always hear this phrase, Its boring. They are longing for a true fatherhood that satisfies the soul in Christ Jesus.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: أَمَا من أبٍ؟

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I usually recite:

Our Father who art in heaven.

But can I ever find someone carrying the shadow of Your fatherhood,

Someone like Abraham, the father of all believers?

His heart was wide with love,

His inner being was burning with tenderness,

And carries with faith each soul to enjoy Your bosom.

 Many carried the title of father through body or spirit,

But they did not offer a living icon of the Lords abundant Fatherhood.

Give the world true examples,

So that all may enjoy Your Fatherhood.


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