The Shepherd sought the sheep
A church member who regularly attended services and never misses worship suddenly without any notice stopped coming
After a few weeks, one very cold night the shepherd of the parish decided to visit him.
He found the man at home, alone, sitting in front of a fireplace where a bright fire burned.
The man welcomed the shepherd to his house.
There was a great silence.
The two men only watched the dancing flames around the logs that crackled in the fireplace.
After a few minutes the shepherd, without saying a word, examined the woods that formed the fire and selected one of them, glowing most brightly of all, removing it to the side with a pair of tongs. Then he sat down again.
The host was paying attention to everything, fascinated. Before long, the lone member flame subsided, until there was only a momentary glow & the fire soon went out.
In a short time what was previously bright light and heat had become nothing more than a black & dead piece of wood.
Very few words had been spoken since the greeting.
Before preparing to leave, the leader with the tongs picked up the useless piece of wood & placed it again in the middle of the fire. Immediately, the member piece of wood was rekindled, fueled by the light & heat of the burning coals around him.
When the shepherd reached the door to leave, the host said: Thank you for your visit and for your beautiful lesson. I’ll return to the church soon.
Why is the church important? Very simple:
Because each member that withdraws takes fire & heat from the rest.
It’s worth reminding all members that they are a part of the flame.
It’s also good to remind us that we are all responsible for keeping each other’s flame burning
And we must promote the union among us so that the fire is really strong, effective and lasting.
*THE* *CHURCH* *IS* *ALSO* *A* *FAMILY*
*It doesn’t matter if sometimes we are bothered by so many messages, quarrels and misunderstandings*.
What matters is to be connected. We are here to meet, learn, exchange ideas or simply to know that we are not alone.*
*Let’s keep the flame alive.*
Life is beautiful with friends & family.
Lets keep the fire burning.