This is a story told by my dear friend Jay. I’m going to try my best to tell the story as close to how he told it as possible.
I love you Jay.
There was a girl who lived in Vermont who had stayed sober for a year in Alcoholics Anonymous. She had just taken her 1 year anniversary, as they call it in the north east.
After she completed a year she stopped participating in AA. She stopped going to meetings and drifted away.
One night she as she was sitting in front on the fire, she heard a knock at the door.
She hesitantly peered out to see who it was. There at the door stood her sponsor.
Surprised she opened the door and let her in. Her sponsor entered the house saying nothing. She just went at sat in front of the fireplace quietly and watched it burn.
Then her sponsor went over to the fire and with the tongs picked up a brightly burning, red hot log. This log was full of orange glowing color and was full of heat.
With the tongs she placed the log away from the center of the flames by itself over in the corner of the fireplace.
Quickly the log lost it’s color and heat. It turned gray and dark and lost it’s beautiful orange glow.
The girl watched her sponsor and the cooling log on the side of the fire.
They sat in silence.
Then her sponsor took the tongs and picked up the gray, darkened log and placed it back in the center of the roaring fire.
Almost immediately, the log light up again, glowing hot, just as bright as before.
The girl sat and watched.
Without a word, the girl’s sponsor put her hat and scarf on and headed for the door.
As the sponsor opened the door to leave, the girl stopped her and said, “Thank you for the fireside sermon.”