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

482- A visit from Outer space Image: A man looking at a map of Space and planets صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل ينظر إلى خريطه الفضاء، الكواكب Image: A man looking at a map of Space and planets.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل ينظر إلى خريطة الفضاء، الكواكب.

On an encounter with outer space aliens, the aliens asked, “Is there anything outstanding that you have done?”

A man answered, “We built a space shuttle that we use to go to the moon.”

The aliens answered, “So what, we have done that a long time before you have. What else have you done?”

Another man answered, “We invented the computer; a machine that is very small but has great capabilities upon which we depend greatly for development.”

The aliens sarcastically replied, “We have beaten you to that too; you people are really far behind, what else?”

A man who was silent all along said, “The Word of God came between us as a man and made wonders beyond belief.”

The aliens replied, “O man, you are definitely the dearest and most beloved of all God’s creatures for it is a great deed that our God becomes human. What did you do when that happened?”

The man replied, “We crucified Him.”

→ English translation of the story here at رحلة من سكان الفضاء. Divider

O Lord You came down to lift me up,

You approach me, for I am Your pre-occupation,

And I crucify You every day with my sins.

Who else could change my spirit from ingratitude to appreciation?

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