Children

children - Illustration by Ken Crane

children - Illustration by Ken Crane

What is treason?

Walking down the street, the prophet asked: “aren’t we all children of the same Eternal Father?”

The multitude agreed. And the prophet went on: “and if that is so, why do we betray our brother?”

A boy who was watching asked his father: “what does betray mean?”

“It means to trick your companion in order to gain a certain advantage.”

“And why do we betray our companion?” insisted the boy.

“Because in the past somebody began all that. Ever since then, nobody knows how to stop the wheel. We are always betraying or being betrayed.”

“Then I won’t betray anyone,” said the boy.

And so he did. He grew up and suffered a lot during his life, but kept his promise.

His children suffered less and endured fewer hardships.

His grandchildren did not suffer at all.

In search of rain

After four years of drought in the little village, the parish priest gathered everybody to make a pilgrimage to the mountain; there they would join in communal prayer to ask for rain.

In the middle of the group the priest noticed a boy all wrapped up in warm clothes and covered by a raincoat.

“Are you crazy?” he asked. “It hasn’t rained in this region for five years and you’ll die of the heat climbing the mountain!”

“I’ve got a cold, father. If we are going to pray to God for rain, can you imagine the climb back down? The downpour is going to be so heavy that it’s better to be prepared.”

And only after these words a loud roar was heard in the sky and the first drops began to fall. The faith of a boy was enough to work a miracle that thousands of men were praying for.

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Also see

The children of Iraq have names

Rebuilding the world

Buying time

What’s So Amazing About Grace

Why Forgive?

The Fifth Mountain

Suffer the Children

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2 Responses to “Children”

  1. Dr Pooja Says:

    nice one
    loved reading it

  2. Ken Crane Says:

    Thank you very much for the re-post!!

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