The Silent Sermon: “It is a fact that if an organ is somehow severed from its body, it will shrivel and die. It cannot exist on its own, and neither can we. Disconnected and cut off from the life blood of our faith, our spiritual life will wither and eventually cease to exist. This is why the fist symptom of spiritual decline is usually inconsistent or infrequent attendance at worship services and the life enhancing gatherings of fellow believers.
Isolation into the self…into the I…me…mine, cuts off the oxygen supply line that is provided in community. We become isolated; in a sense surround ourselves with ‘mirrors’. All we see is ourselves. When we are connected to a community, we surround ourselves with windows. We look through a window, but at a mirror.
We look in a mirror to see how we look, but we look through a window to see how others are. ‘Mirror people’ look at themselves a great deal. ‘Window people’ look beyond themselves at others. They are open to enjoy fellowship, shared lives and growth, which can be encouraged in a loving community.”