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

559- The Chain of Love

 

On the highway leading to the city, a snowy storm blew and made the road dark. Caroline's car almost stopped. Old Caroline did not know whether to remain in the car when no one would pass and rescue her or get out of the car and suffer from the severe cold and snow. With his old car, Joy passed by. He stopped and asked the old lady if she needed help. She said to him, "I need to have the tire changed."

St-Takla.org Image: Loving everyone in Jesus: The planet of Earth in the shape of a heart. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: محبة الجميع في المسيح: كوكب الكرة الأرضية في شكل قلب.

St-Takla.org Image: Loving everyone in Jesus: The planet of Earth in the shape of a heart.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: محبة الجميع في المسيح: كوكب الكرة الأرضية في شكل قلب.

"Why did you get off the car in that cold weather? Get into the car please."

Joy changed the tire and asked the lady to drive to see if everything was ok. She wanted to offer him money but he said to her, "Thanks, I've done nothing. Many people rendered me many services lovingly for free while I don't even know their names. I pay them what they did for me in your person."

"God gave me much, how can I then not give you a reward? Please tell me what to do for you."

"Just help anyone in need and remember me in your prayers; my name's Joy."

The lady drove joyfully feeling true love which does not seek its own. On the other hand, Joy drove his old car joyfully feeling warm for this act of love. As Caroline reached a small village in which there was a small restaurant in front of which there was a dim light, she entered the restaurant. The waitress, who was pregnant, served her food.

"When will you deliver your baby?" Caroline asked her.

"Maybe tomorrow."

"How do you work then?"

"For need."

Caroline gave her a one-hundred-Dollar note. As the waitress went to bring her the changes, Caroline left. As she did not find her, she went to the table to find that she wrote her a note:

 

 Blessed daughter,

Please accept the money I left you for your baby. I give you what someone else called Joy has given me. Pay me back this debt by helping someone in need. 

 

The waitress rejoiced. On the following day, she delivered her baby. Two days later, the waitress' husband asked her, "Why didn't you ask me for money?"

She kissed him saying, "You sent me the money Joy, with Caroline the car's owner whom you helped."

Joy was astonished as the lady paid love to his wife unknowingly.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: لا تسمح لسلسلة الحب أن تنتهي بك!

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Lord, You are wonderful in Your love.

You are not indebted to anyone.

Let me love people without expecting a reward,

As You give doubles and doubles.


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