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From 1958 —
A fireside chat on a burning question
A Sabbath evening in a home where faith abides, with young friends gathered to engage in pleasant and prayerful discussion and song – this is “A Fireside.”
What beautiful images the word suggests: home, hospitality, friendship, security.
Fire, the key word, has been man’s friend or his foe through the ages.
It is heat for his home, elemental source of light, refiner and purifier of coarse materials, energy for machines.
The word “fire” has enriched our language: “fired with imagination”; “fired with enthusiasm”; “the fire of faith.
When God wanted to speak to Moses, He spoke with fire … “out of the burning bush.”
Fire is man’s friend – but it also can be his enemy.
One of today’s most destructive forms of fire is the tiny flame from the strike of a match or the flick of a lighter to start each year in America the slow burning of 400 billion cigarettes.
Light up? Just a minute, young friends of our “Fireside.” Let’s not play with this fire.
Beware of the burning tobacco leaf and its fickle promises which, like one’s “pipe dreams,” can’t come true.
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF