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

329- Is God a Noun or Verb?(1)

 

Peter was sitting with his father confessor. He was the kind of guy that cared a lot about appearance. For example, He boasted of being a deacon but his behavior was not appropriate. His father confessor told him the following story:

Mr. Avrill Harriman, a great organizer of European conventions, was asked, Do you speak French well?

He answered, My French is excellent. Ive a huge collection of nouns and adjectives but I dont know any verbs.

St-Takla.org Image: God (in Arabic translation), Allah Arabic word, Arabic Calligraphy - Designed by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لفظ الجلالة الله، بالخط العربي - تصميم مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت

St-Takla.org Image: God (in Arabic translation), Allah Arabic word, Arabic Calligraphy - Designed by Michael Ghaly for St-Takla.org.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لفظ الجلالة الله، بالخط العربي - تصميم مايكل غالي لـ: موقع الأنبا تكلا هيمانوت.

The father confessor commented, Harriman was deceiving himself. He cannot speak French without verbs.

The nouns of our Christian faith are many: Lord, Teacher, Savior, Light of Light, true God of true God

The Adjectives are also many: wonderful, beautiful, etc, words that we could use to describe the beauty of anything.

Nevertheless, a sentence can never be a sentence if it does not contain verbs so we are in need of active verbs to be complete and fulfill our calling.

Our Christianity is not made up of nouns only but also of verbs.

True believers realize that God is a verb as well as a name. He loves, creates, saves, blesses and glorifies. The first sentence that was written in the Holy Bible was,

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1.1).

Jesus came both as a Man and a Verb, for He is the Savior and the Verb that He offers is,

Follow Me.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: اللَّه اسم أم فعل؟

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I have carried the noun Christian without the verbs.

Tell me: Follow Me,

And I shall be drawn to you.

Let my life be full of verbs,

That glorify Your Holy Name.

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Be persecuted and not persecutor.

Be crucified and not a crucifier.

Be misjudged not a judge.

Be sensitive and do not desire what is not yours.

Carry goodness and mercy and do not demand justice (in your judgement on others)

(St. Isaac the Syrian)

The way to heaven is measured by the working well not by miles.

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Footnotes and references for this page here at St-Takla.org:

(1) Coniaris, Anthony. Daily vitamins for Spiritual Growth.


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