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Monday, October 19, 2009

Motivational Monday - "Silent Fiery Sermon"

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the minister decided to visit him. It was a chilly day. That evening, the minister found the man at home all alone sitting by a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for his minister's visit, the man welcomed him, and led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The minister 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, he 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 minister glanced at his watch and chose this 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 minister reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday".


Scrappy Girl said...

This was a great story! Thanks for sharing.

Zoey said...

Oh, I love it! Thanks for inspiring me!

Small House said...

AH-HA, I like it!!!
That's exactly what happens to us when we stop attending church. Amazing what those few hours can do for us.

LOVE those cute little Care Bears in the below post. MY WORD....That would take a lot of work to make those costumes!

Thanks for the inspiration.
Have a great day.

Valerie said...

Great story! I'll have to share that with my husband.

Rhonda said...

That was great Sondra! I love knowing Mondays you will always have a great message to share.Your the best

Cherie said...
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Connie said...

What a great message! And sometimes we wonder why we have to go to we know!

The Garden of Egan said...

Very inspirational as always. You get me thinking.

Cherie said...

Sondra - You are so funny!! So glad we are friends!!


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