It’s Just Another Day

It’s just another day.   A busy schedule lies ahead with lots to do.  

So I sit in my car, waiting for the drive thru attendant prepare my cup of coffee.  I love to start the day with a good cup of coffee.  It is always worth the wait.  As I stare through the drive thru window, it occurs to me that this morning  the coffee shop is full of people.   Some are visiting, others are reading the morning paper.   It’s a social place.   Coffee is the catalyst and a place to sit and visit makes it the local club of their day.   Most of the people here know each other, it’s clear they are here often.   The baristas are addressing customers by name and everyone seems to be in good spirits.   It’s a community of moments and soon they will scatter to school, work or back to their homes.  

For a few moments community happens, laughter erupts, the din of voices of lives interacting fills the room.   I think it’s this sense of community that draws people to this place.   A place where anyone can come, get some coffee and be part of something.  Where everyone knows your name.

As I watch them through the window,  I’m thinking this is exactly what the church is supposed to be.  We are called to be a place where “anyone” can come and be part of the community.  Anyone.  A place where anyone can come and be part of something.  Where everyone knows your name.  Somehow we have made it an exclusive club that makes many in the world around us uncomfortable in our churches.  

Of all places the church should be a place where everyone is welcome, loved and cared for.   I wish we could recapture that idea of community rather than what the church at large has become.   How do we recapture the love of Christ that reaches out to the hurting, confused and struggling around us and make them feel at home in our church families?   How do we become a community that those without a place would be welcome in our midst?

Just a few rambling thoughts as I wait for my coffee.

It’s just another day.   A busy schedule lies ahead with lots to do.  

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