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Monday, November 22, 2010

I have to apologize because the red of the fire did not come out in the photo so am adding a picture of some red leaves I took last week to remain in keeping with our theme. Many of the leaves are beginning to disappear here in Michigan, and the way the weather has been it would be nice to sit before the fire and warm ourselves. 

I read about a minister who was concerned about some of his members who had missed a lot of church recently. He made it a point that day to stop and visit a number of them before heading home for dinner with his family. At the first parishioner's home he was invited in to sit near the fire. He rubbed his hands together, enjoying the warmth. He inquired about the gentleman's health and that of his family. "Fine, fine , Reverend" was the  man's response. Then the reverend stood and took a tool lying near the fireplace. He selected a log from the fire that was burning very nicely. He removed the log from the burning pile of wood and laid it by itself. Then he returned to his seat near the gentleman and watched quietly as the fire left the log. He noticed that the gentleman was also intent upon the dying embers in the solitary log.

Then he slowly arose from his seat, made his apologies as he had others to call upon  so he needed to leave.  As he stood the gentleman stood also. "O-K, Reverend, I understand, the family and I will be there next Sunday. Thank you for calling on me." 

Church is not a building. We are the church. Our bodies are His temple, and as such they need communion with other saints to keep their fires burning. Don't try to keep your fire lit on your own.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Please join us in  Ruby  Tuesday @ WorkofthePoet.blogspot and have a great and colorful week! Take care and God bless!


Poetic Shutterbug November 22, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

What a great story and how sweet was that pastor. I love your leaf shots very detailed and beautifully displayed.

chubskulit November 22, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Our trees are pretty bald now Judy, love the fire shot!

***Icy BC November 23, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

That's a sweet story, and your photos are great Judy!

Anne Lyken-Garner November 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

Amen, Judy. You said it well. We can't grow on our own. We need the support of the like-minded people around us.

Dianne November 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

the fire looks so cozy and inviting
and the leaves are lovely :)

CHAN LEE PENG November 24, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

Thought-provoking, sis! U call us for a thought.

SquirrelQueen November 29, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

Lovely post Judy and beautiful shot of the red leaves.

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