This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about how coffee shops fit into our lives as Christians.
For me, coffee shops are a place where I quench my thirst. Obviously, physically through coffee, which I seem to take in gallons of! But it’s more than that.
During quiet mornings at coffee shops, I enjoy quenching my thirst for living water.
In John 4, Jesus is speaking to a Samaritan woman by a well. He says to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (Jn. 4:10)
Don’t get me wrong, I met Jesus many years ago and therefore, theologically I’ve had all the living water that I need. Nevertheless, getting into a coffee shop when it first opens, it seems like there are only 3 people awake; me, the barista and Jesus.
With the barista typically too busy to chit-chat, it makes it really easy to connect with Jesus and take in another full mug of living water. For whatever reason, the atmosphere of a coffee shop, helps me focus on Him, allowing Him to quench my thirst for another day. I read Scripture, I pray, I think, I contemplate, and soon I begin to write.
Quiet mornings in coffee shops don’t last long though!
Soon enough, you’ll begin quenching your thirst for social interaction. As I discussed in yesterday’s post, coffee shops are always hubs for relationship. Sometimes daily banter about politics, the weather or retelling a hilarious story; laughing so hard that the staff’s gaze makes you feel like you’re about to get kicked out. But you never do.
On the flip side, other conversations delve deep into personal struggles and relational wounds. Ideally, topics that shouldn’t be shared in such a public setting; but at a private table in the corner, it seems safe.
It’s not uncommon to see two or three people sharing in some heartache. Though you would never know the context of the conversation, you can see their pain.
Coffee shops are communities interacting on the deepest level possible, through laughter and tears; all taking place at a variety of tables, day in and day out.
Though I haven’t fully figured it out, this phenomenon of Western culture has to be explored by church leadership. I am certain that we would gain further perspective into how we can reach these communities for Christ.
What do you enjoy most about coffee shops?