Less is More

>> Sunday, April 10, 2011

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 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 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.
“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 (NLT)

6 comments:

opramum April 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

Powerful illustration!

Catrina Bradley... April 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

I was glowing in the fire of my church family today! Thanks for this wonderful reminder that we need each other - we weren't created to do this think called life alone.

Joy Bach April 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

Thanks to both of you for your comments. It certainly spoke to me.

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps April 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

Love the ice cream (but not what it does to our blood sugars...) and poem was fresh and took this reader there! Thanks!

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps April 11, 2011 at 5:42 AM  

The above was in ref to your posting yesterday- enjoyed this one very much and what an illustration - I have a family member this applies too and wish he'd "see" the illustration....

Joy Bach April 11, 2011 at 7:10 AM  

Yes, Marijo, I figured that one out. LOL Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Does my heart good.

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