Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Ship of Friendship

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea 

and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a 

small, desert like island.

The two survivors who have been a good friends, not 

knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no 

other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find 

out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed 

to divide the territory between them and stay on 

opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next 

morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on 

his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. 

The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he 

decided to pray for a wife. The next day, another 

ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a 

woman who swam to his side of the land. On the 

other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more 

food. The next day, like magic, all of these were 

given to him. However, the second man still had 


Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he 

and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, 

he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The 

first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided 

to leave the second man on the island.

He considered the other man unworthy to receive 

God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been 


As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a 

voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving 

your companion on the island?”“My blessings are 

mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for 

them,” the first man answered. “His prayers were all 

unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”

“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him. “He had 

only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, 

you would not have received any of my blessings.”

“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did 

he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

“He prayed that all your prayers be answered “ 

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