Life by Lynn

Is Your Coal Lit?

Posted by lindahlfamilylife on September 18, 2009 at 11:52 AM

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 preacher 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 down 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 monentary 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 goals 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 shall be back in church next Sunday."

 

--Annonymous

 

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