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

503- The First Christmas in Heaven

 

A young man felt that his departure drew near. Since it was Christmas season, he wrote a message to his family to comfort them:

 

All over the country I see trees of Christmas.

Their faint lights shining each like a star

St-Takla.org Image: Saints with Jesus in the heavens, and Last Judgment - The devil (Satan) with the punished ones صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القديسين مع المسيح في السماوات (السماء)، اليوم الأخير، الدينونة، و الشيطان (إبليس) مع المعاقبين

St-Takla.org Image: Saints with Jesus in the heavens, and Last Judgment - The devil (Satan) with the punished ones

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: القديسين مع المسيح في السماوات (السماء)، اليوم الأخير، الدينونة، و الشيطان (إبليس) مع المعاقبين

Reflected on the snow they bring forth splendor

With Jesus this year in Heaven I happily enjoy Christmas

My Lord Jesus Christ in paradise has put me.

His glory is reflected on all the saints and me

A shining star he made of each one of us.

I hear Christmas carols that all tongues sing

Much joy and happiness in all hearts bring.

Yet, the hymn of Heaven is sweeter than any praise

I learnt it and now I sing it with delight.

Its language is love,

Its tune eternal joy.

No language can ever tell

About the Heavenly praises' spell.

We're a unique chorus,

With joy Heavens we fill.

All people are busy buying Christmas presents,

Wishing to make for others wonderful surprises.

I now sent you my unique gift

My invaluable prayers for you I offer.

My love for you is greater than any treasure.

Accept my gift better than any surprise.

I hear you telling kids Christmas stories.

Ah! if you keep love for one another

Heaven will praise you forever.

I know how you long for me,

I feel how it is like to miss me,

But sure I'm not far away.

Wipe away your tears and never sigh again

I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ in Heaven.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: أول عيد ميلاد لي في السماء!


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