Many people have probably seen or heard this story before. Even so, it is an excellent reminder that we need each other to be the best we can.
"There was a small country church, and the pastor was a caring shepherd of his people.
He noticed that one man had recently stopped coming to the church and decided to visit him.
It was the dead of winter, and as he was welcomed into the man's house, the fire was burning bright, with many hot coals underneath.
The two men did not have a conversation but sat in companionable silence.
The pastor picked up the tongs, took one of the hot coals and separated it from the rest of the fire.
Slowly the coal went dark and then black and cold.
The pastor picked up the coal again and put it back in the fire, where again it became red.
Not long after he departed, no further words apart from small talk being spoken.
The next Sunday the man was back in church, and never left again.
Apparently many years later he thanked the pastor for the best sermon he ever preached, where he did not even say a single word."
The general thrust of the story often points at needing to come to church on a Sunday. That's only part of the story. It's good to come to church and meet together. We also need each other more than for a couple of hours per week. One of the books of the Bible, Hebrews, has this verse in it.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (New International Version 1984) - Hebrews 10:25
We need to encourage one another. Even with the plethora of technological options, we still need to meet together to encourage each other. Has it been a while since you have caught up with someone who encourages you? Maybe it's time to meet.