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Silence Speaks


“There are times when silence has the loudest voice” Leroy Brownlow 

The Silent Sermon

A member of a certain church, who before had attended services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the minister decided to visit him. It was a chilly day. That evening, the minister found the man at home all alone sitting by a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for his minister’s visit, the man welcomed him, and led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The minister 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, he 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’s 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 spoken since the first greeting.

The minister glanced at his watch and chose this 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 minister reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday”.

Most often we think the best way to influence people to behave properly is to coerce, threaten or be in conflict with them. Have we ever considered the result a silent gesture can provoke in another person?

Let’s use the weekend to think about the silent gestures we can do for people we would like to see change positively. That may just be the key that opens the person up to transformation.

  1. manyimau
    July 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    this is kool Mungai. thanks for the lesson. the truth is coercing and threatening rarely resolves anything. please keep writing.

  2. Ladu B
    July 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you very much for giving us these words, i mean those of us who know how to throw words around. this is certainly going to help us. keep it up

    • July 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Ladu. Trust me you are even better

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