A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9


A member of a certain congregation, who previously had been attending meetings regularly, stopped going. After a couple of weeks, an elder decided to visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The elder found the man at home alone sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for the elder's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited.

The elder made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the silence he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the elder 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 fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished there was a momentary glow and then its' fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a doornail."

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. Just before the elder was ready to leave, he 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 congregated burning coals around it. As the elder reached the door to leave, his host said: "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery message. I shall be back at the Kingdom Hall next Sunday." (Hebrews 10:24-25)


Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back, usually with friends