I thought I ought to share this one..

A member of a 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
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 it’s 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

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