I am the good shepherd,
and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
A member of a
certain church, who previously had been
regularly, suddenly stopped coming to
church. After a
few weeks, the Pastor decided to visit.
The Pastor found the
man at home, sitting before a
the reason for the Pastor's visit, the man
welcomed him, led
him to a comfortable chair near the
fireplace and waited. The
pastor 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 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 lone ember's
flame flickered and diminished, there was
a momentary glow
and then its fire was no more. Soon it
was cold and
The Pastor 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
light and warmth of the
burning coals around it.
the Pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with
tear running down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your
sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday"
live in a world today which tries to say too much
little. Consequently, few listen ! ! !
the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.
silent message would God have you share with someone
your light shine before men in such a way that
they may see
your good works and glorify your
Father which is in
heaven." Matthew 5:16