Messages from Young Adults

‘Fiery Sermon’

I came across this wonderful story that brought to light the importance of us impacting others with more of our action filled life rather than just words.

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 preachers 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 fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next week.’

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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  • kemi said:

    this is powerful

    so many times we think we can go it alone and to be reminded so simply that without the body we falter and die off….

    thanks for bringing this to our attention


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