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THE SILENT SERMON

20 Jan

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the preacher 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 preacher’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace…and waited.

The preacher 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 preacher 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 preacher 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 preacher 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 firey 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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6 Comments

Posted by on 20/01/2012 in Uncategorized

 

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6 responses to “THE SILENT SERMON

  1. paul

    20/01/2012 at 12:27

    It is so true of friendship as well. Dont keep your friends close to you and the strong bond slowly fades away 😦

     
  2. truthseekerss

    21/01/2012 at 08:01

    well I remain true. still trying to figure out how to use this site. what theme are you using cos mind is so small.

     
  3. Sarchasm2

    23/01/2012 at 07:24

    Great post. Makes you think

     
  4. truthseekerss

    25/01/2012 at 14:12

    Mr and where exactly are you???? still living in the past hey ;P

     
    • paul

      26/01/2012 at 11:41

      Still hanging around trying to get people to think! It might start working here on WP…

       
      • truthseekerss

        02/02/2012 at 19:04

        ha ha, took me a moment to click WordPress, was wondering what the hell you mean by Western Province x

         

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