Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Only one man survived after a shipwreck. He clinged to a wooden pillar of the ship and was washed ashore a small island. The inhabitants rushed to the beach and rescued him. By their tender care, he regained consciousness and opened his eyes. Seeing this, they raised their hands and praised the Lord. They consoled him, “Don’t worry. You are safe. God has saved you.” They gave him the best food. He was greeted and treated as a great guest in the name of God.

The rescued man was an atheist. He told them, “You are very good people. I am grateful to you. The only trouble is your blind faith in God. Forget God and feel free like me!”

The Chief of the islanders replied, “We were cannibals earlier. If you had landed here ten years earlier, we would have killed you and had a good meal with your meat. A holy evangelist came to our island, risking his life and led us to the path of peace and the teachings of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is our saviour and loving God. We now love everyone as Jesus loves us.”

The man experienced the power of Christ’s kindness in their actions. He thanked God and praised His name with them.

“When anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into His friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also” {2 Corinthians 5: 17, 18}.


This is story No. 127 in this site. Please click ‘older posts’ at bottom of page to read previous stories in this site.

By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

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