The Silent Sermon
Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.
For several years now I have been a devoted subscriber of “GodVine” (http://www.godvine.com/), which is a Christian website featuring both faith-based and secular feel good videos and stories! The purpose is to show the glory of God’s creations and blessings when often, all we seem to see is life’s unsavory side. Since then I have shared several of the stories and “feel good” videos from that site on my social media site. So often the messages contained are generally, so profound, that there is always some inspiration contained that will help you to begin your day feeling good and wearing a smile on your face! So it should not be a surprise that it was this site where I found the story I’m going to share with you, today! And while this is an encore of this piece, I am certain that the message is one that needs sharing over and over. And I know that once you’ve read the words, it is a message you will carry with you always!
THE SILENT SERMON
A member of a certain church who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing 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 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 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 the light and warmth of the coals around it.
As the pastor 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 will be back in church next Sunday”!
We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. How wonderful it is to be reminded that words are simply that…..letters put together. It’s not until they are given a context that their meaning takes on a true message. And how wonderful was the wisdom of that pastor whose message was crystal clear…..with absolutely no words used. Can the rest of us make a claim such as this?
Two months after tornadoes devastated Cullman, Alabama, people who were shopping at Wal-Mart were surprised with a gift. It was a special rendition of a song that we all have heard and likely have sung ourselves. Subsequent to this gift, the video of it was used as a fund-raiser to help rebuild the town. And while I am not asking that you donate to that particular cause, I am asking you to remember that once again, it was not words but music that was used to share a message. And I also ask you to think about somewhere you might share your gift of faith to help rebuild, if not a town, perhaps the life of another. Pay you own blessings forward!
Shared first as a video on “GodVine”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
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