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

602- Dont read this Letter(1) Image: Someone opening an envelope, letter. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: شخص يفتح ظرف، جواب، خطاب. Image: Someone opening an envelope, letter.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: شخص يفتح ظرف، جواب، خطاب.

Simons eyes were filled with tears for his fallen friend. He knelt down to pray for him. Then, he wanted to write him a letter of love. He knew that his friend was obstinate; he would not listen to anyone. He thought of sending him a letter in the name of God but he knew he would tear it. Finally, he decided to write him a letter signed by Satan.

Dear Son,

I write you a letter which I want you to hide. Yesterday, you woke up late very lazy. You had no time for praying or thanking God before or after eating. You were all day grumbling not knowing how to give thanks. Thank you for, youve become like me. Im your father. O fool, remember that youre mine. Ive been planning to possess you all these years. I attracted you to deny being a son to God and confess my fatherhood. I do my best to make your life a hell in order to taste the life Im preparing for you.

I know that you grieve Gods heart. Thanks. He expelled me for my pride. This time, I repay Him what He did through you. Thanks for clinging to me. I hate you but I cant dispense with you. Im obsessed with your perishing. I offer you evil sights on the internet and attract you to attend evil parties, to have evil friends, to listen to cheap music and to dance. I assure you that this is necessary. I justify to you every sin. Son, come with me to be burnt in the eternal fire.

But, why should we be alone? Teach your children, friends and neighbors to be like us. Foolish son, you must pay the price of sin. You seem to be twenty years older because of sin. If you love me dont read this letter and hide it. If you try to escape I wont despair. Ill plant despair in you in order not to touch Gods extreme love.

Finally, I warn you of getting near Lord Jesus lest He attract you with His love, purifies you with His blood or open heaven with His Holy Spirit before you. Dont allow Him to take you from my hand for, Hes alone my Conqueror.

→ English translation of the story here at لا تقرأ هذه الرسالة.


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(1) CF. Rocky, Danver. Mountain News.

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