The Ember – Psalm 23
A member of a certain church, who previously had been
attending services regularly,
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
the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and
to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair,
The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone
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 Sunday."
We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too
Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the
ones left unspoken.
If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything!
The Lord is my Shepherd
----- that's a
I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green
He leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of
For His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley
shadow of death
I will fear no evil
For Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in
of mine enemies
Thou annointest my head with oil
My cup runneth over
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the
days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the
Forever ----- that's
This is the depth of how wide and far the Word of God
can go in it's meaning. It's not a prayer to recite
mindless words, it's THE WORD of God and it has the power
to change your life.
Face it, the Lord is
The task ahead of you, is never as
great as the power behind you.