Throughout the day, I consume a variety of teas, beginning with British Breakfast and then switching to herbal teas. Marketing experts name teas to get our attention, like Comfort and Joy, Get Some ZZZ’S, and Perfect Energy which is advertised to energize the body and focuses the mind. So far, I have not seen any positive results from this tea.
For my fourth birthday, my Aunt Shirley gave me a children’s tea set with four little plates for cookies (or biscuits if in England), four tiny tea cups and saucers, and a tea pot. It was fragile and so beautiful that I rarely took it out of the box. One day a friend came to play. We set up the tea set on my bed and one of the plates fell to the floor and broke. I cried and my mom glued it back together, but it was never the same. Every time I looked at it, I saw the one patched up plate instead of the other twelve perfectly lovely pieces. I never had another tea party with the dishes.
A cup of tea can give you temporary comfort and joy. But when we encounter disaster or distress of any kind, we need something that can give us strength. That’s when we need to brew a strong cup of faith.
Lord, give us an appetite and thirst for life with you. Amen.