Silent Fiery Sermon

My dad passed the following little thought to me from an unknown source (if anyone knows its origin then please let me know). I used it at a meeting last night and thought it was worth putting on the blog.

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing  fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the  burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the  hearth all alone  then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary  glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial  greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realised it was time to  leave. He slowly stood  up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said  with a tear running down his cheek,  ‘Thank you so much for your visit and  especially for  the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next  Sunday’.

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