A story is told about a member of the church who was missed at the regular services. The preacher went to his house and found him sitting before an open fireplace. The absentee, somewhat startled, hastily placed another chair before the fire, and braced himself for the expected rebuke...but not a word was spoken by the preacher.
Taking a seat before the fire, he silently took the tongs and lifting a glowing coal from the midst of the others, placed it down by itself on the hearth. Remaining silent, they watched the blaze die out.
The member of the church got the lesson. He said, “You don’t need to say a word, brother. I’ll be at services, where I belong, beginning this Wednesday evening.” Do you need the lesson?