...you'll get burned. That's right, if you get too close to the fire, you'll get burned. But it seems that SOME of us don't take this as seriously as others. Phil has extremely low blood pressure and is always cold. Even at 90 degrees, his feet are still cold. So whenever he sees a fireplace, he goes to it like a moth to a flame. Fireplaces draw him like a magnet, and he backs right into them. And this Christmas season, we were at lots of friends houses with fireplaces. I have warned him that he stands too close, but to no avail. And it finally happened, he backed into a fireplace and got too close. And how do I put this delicately? Well, I'll just come right out and say it. He burned his butt!! I was not with him at the time, but he came home chagrined, showing me his fried coat. Fortunately, he was not hurt, his coat took most of the the damage. His best coat. I guess I can't be too hard on him, I'm the same in my own way. I have burns most of the time from being careless in the kitchen. Witness my arm here just a few days after his little incident. Hopefully we are not a danger to anyone but ourselves! Here's one fire that we need to stand as close to as possible, and it's light and heat will never hurt us.
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverance and awe. For our God is a consuming fire."