Zion United Church of Christ
April 2021 Pastor's Pen
|Posted on August 5, 2021 at 12:00 AM|
A member of the 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 his 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 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 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 said 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 place 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 pastor reached the door to leave his host said with a tear 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. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.
In Christian Love,
Rev. Walter Coy