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  • The Silent Sermon

    1 posts, 1 voices, 440 views, started Aug 12, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010 by Denise Richardson




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      THE SILENT SERMON  

        

      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 realized 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‘.

      We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little.
      Consequently, few listen. Sometimes, the best sermons are the ones left
      unspoken.

      *************************






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