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

511- Dad, Lets Play together


After dinner, Tony took the daily newspaper and began reading it as usual. His only son Matthew said, Dad, lets play together.

Im busy reading the paper as you see. Image: The circle of earth: the planet. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكرة الأرضية: كوكب الأرض. Image: The circle of earth: the planet.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الكرة الأرضية: كوكب الأرض.

I want to play with you. You read it everyday. Lets play now.

After half an hour.

Before the thirty minutes passed, Matthew had come saying, Lets play together.

Tony realized that he should either leave the paper and play with his only son or occupy him with something till he finished reading. Therefore, he fetched the scissors and page of an old paper on which the earth was drawn. He cut it into pieces and told Matthew to gather the pieces together to form the picture of the earth. Tony thought that it would take his kid an hour to form the picture. However, after few minutes, Matthew came saying, Dad, I finished. Lets play together.

How did you do it so quickly? Tony said wondering.

Its so easy. On its back, theres a picture of a child. I formed the picture of the kid thus, the picture of the earth was formed.

Tony kept silent for a moment. Then, he embraced his son and kissed him saying, Lets play together son. Tony realized that the formation of a childs character could be a blessing for the reformation of humanity at large. Tony remembered that Lord Jesus commanded us not to despise one of these little ones.

→ English translation of the story here at أبي! هلم نلعب معًا! Divider

Let me care for every child and realize that You love him and died for him.

 May I see every child as a living leader Who can edify the congregation or destroy them.

You never despise one of the little ones.

May Your Holy Spirit make me respect every child.




"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18.3).


Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me (Matt. 25.40).