A few months ago, I met a person who owns a small coffee company. He took great pleasure in telling me about his products.
He painted for me a wonderful picture of exotic locales where the coffee beans are grown and artfully engaged my imagination in how they are harvested and processed. Further, he piqued my interest in describing the unique characteristics that each blend possessed. He did a great job. I was sold.
After he finished this most impressive presentation, I was curious. So I asked a question.
I said, “What is your opinion about adding some form of creamer or sweetener to coffee?”
In an instant, I sensed some degree of righteous religious dogma building up from within him. It was ready to gush forth like hot steamy foam from an espresso machine.
After a moment, this was indeed delivered with gusto, power and conviction, as an unabashed testament of true and pure belief. I’ll be the first to admit, it preached quite well.
To paraphrase: “Coffee should be savored without adding such things.”
Upon hearing this news, truth be told, my heart sank and I slumped in my chair. I didn‘t dare to make eye contact after that. I felt guilt welling up within me. I didn’t speak another word. I realized that I was the greatest of sinners.
Thankfully, the man was not a Facebook friend. So, he didn’t know about my common posts of early morning “emergency coffee creamer runs.”
Yes, I’m the guy that buys a lot of Silk brand caramel-flavored almond coffee creamer from the store. So you can blame me if you can’t find any left.
(While I’m at it, I also love SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener).
Okay, so now that’s all out there, you know I’m not pure. Judge me if you will. At least I’m being honest. I’m not going to hide it any longer.
However, before total condemnation, we should consult a higher authority.
God has found it quite necessary to add a little cream and sweetener to me. It is in the form of grace and forgiveness.
Otherwise, things are just too bitter on their own.
It is likely that you have a different name on your cup, but can you relate?
Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 30 years.