Coffee – By Joey Keith

The year was 1984 and the TV commercial for Folgers came on that changed my life. The catch phrase “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” I was five years old and though I do not remember much about my childhood, I do remember the smell of Folgers on Christmas morning at Grandma’s house. Flavored creamers were not really a thing in 1984 and coffee was strong and bold. It was the aroma of Folgers coffee that penetrated the walls of the farmhouse. It was the warmth of the fireplace going and Grandpa’s cup steaming from the hot liquid inside. It is those little moments that I remember, the moments I cherish and hold on to.

To think about it…I would say that more counseling, faith-filled discussions, devotions, and prayer have happened over a cup of coffee. If you were to google “coffee and devotions” you will find hundreds of pages relating to time spent with coffee and the Bible. I can say that most mornings involve a hot cup of coffee and my Bible. This morning as I was reflecting on different things, the season of life we are in, in a couple of weeks we will celebrate Christmas, I went back to those cold mornings at Grandma’s house and the aroma of coffee. I know that it is important to always look forward, but it is equally important to never forget where you came from and the moments or people that had the biggest impact on your life.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17

When I read this verse, I am encouraged to approach all aspects of life, including my enjoyment of coffee, with gratitude and the intention of honoring God. It reminds me to give thanks for the small pleasures and moments of refreshment.

What was it that brings joy to your heart? It is easy to get overwhelmed this time of year; it is easy to miss the God moments. Let me encourage you to take time to reflect and to remember the moments that brought a smile to you or a loved one.

When I think about Christmas, I think about Jesus…I think about grandma’s house…and I think about coffee…