In a school at Religion the teacher was speaking to the pupils about the immortality of the soul. Seeing the puzzled faces of the children, the teacher took out a big clock and showed it to them.
`Do you see how this clock works? Like a man who lives, this clock is ticking and its wheels are spinning
Afterwards he put the clock on his desk, he opened the metal case carefully and took out the mechanism with many small wheels which continued to spin around.
`You see, even if I took out the engine from the frame it goes on working. It is the same with the soul when it leaves the body after death, it continues to live.
The soul is immortal and that is why we must take care not only of our body but also of our soul. Exactly as you take care not to make your clothes dirty or not to get hurt by hitting yourself, you must always be careful that your soul would not get dirty with sins or be pushed down by temptations and helplessness. The soul must always be pure, without wickedness and without sin, because only in this way it can receive the blessed light of the divine love. Only in this way our souls can love and can be loved.
The soul lives forever and can`t die, as it is a breath from God`s breathe and at the Final Judgment the soul will be again united with the body. (Saint John Chrysostom)
Excerpt from The most beautiful Christian Orthodox parables and stories – Leon Magdan, Aramis Publishing– Romanian Patriarchy, 1998.