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

385- The Young Man and His Girlfriend


In May 1997, a young man from North Orange, California, asked me, "Why doesn't God make wonders with the unbelievers to believe and be saved?" Image: King Solomon صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: النبي سليمان الملك

I told him about practical examples of God's works with all people all over the world in order to let them believe. God makes many wonders; however, man often insists not to hear the Divine voice. Few days later, I read the following story: (1)

In Dallas, a preacher was on his way to a meeting for Biblical studies, On his way, he saw an awful accident. He saw a young lad and a girl, in a car, killed in that accident. He went bitterly to the meeting. Later, a young lady joined the meeting. Knowing that the minister was affected by the accident, she narrated the following story:

This young man, with his girl friend, asked me to accompany them to have fun. However, I refused, as I find my enjoyment in the word of God. I asked them to accompany me to this meeting. As for them, they mocked at me and laughed as if I was insane. I tried to talk with them about the sweetness of living with God, to no avail. They left me thinking that I’m depriving myself of the lusts of the world which they enjoy. Only five minutes later, their life ended in that tragic manner.

The young lady wept saying,

“He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,

Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Prov. 29.1).

→ English translation of the story here at الشاب وصديقته. Divider

+ Your voice is always heard.

You talk to me everyday,

Once kindly and another time adamantly.

May I hear Your voice and not harden my neck.


Footnotes and references for this page here at

(1) Mcgee, Vernon. Proverbs. 1991. 238.