silent – but deadly…!
A member of a certain church, who up till previously had been attending services regularly just stopped going.
After a few weeks, the Pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly winter’s evening and the Pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing log fire.
Guessing the reason for his preachers visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Pastor sat down, 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 leaned forward and taking 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 then glanced at his watch and slowly standing 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.
He then made his way to the door as if to leave, when his host said with a tear running down his cheek,
‘Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall 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.