Cappuccino with Christ
Daily Meditations for Practicing Our Faith
On December 28, 2013, author Marianne Sailus handed the completed book, Java with Jesus to her father, George Sailus. It was the culmination of a project that had begun some years earlier, and finally, with the help of Jack Figel, Publisher of Eastern Christian Publications, her dream was a reality.
However, she was prompted to write another meditation. Was this just a fluke, or was this God asking her to continue writing meditations? She was not sure, so she decided to write the first few meditations of this book, which she thought she might entitle, Coffee with Christ, to continue the concept of reading the Scriptures and the meditations with one's morning coffee. This title later evolved into the current one: Cappuccino with Christ.
This book, like her first, Java with Jesus (2013), contains 366 meditations - one for each day of the year, plus leap year. Each meditation also has suggested Scripture readings for each day that will help to enhance the meditations that follow.
It is Marianne's hope that, for those not comfortable with the Bible, this current book, like Java with Jesus will introduce the reader to the Word of God in a new and vibrant way. It is also her hope that the "parablettes" - as she has come to call them - will provoke some thought about how God's Word is alive and surrounds us each and every day of our lives.
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What Kind of Plant Are You?
Scripture: Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 1; Luke 8:4-15
In our home there are three types of plants. The first type was purchased by my Mother in the early 1960s. These plants are made of plastic, and it is very visible, even at first glance, that they are artificial. While I have replaced some of these over the years, three large artificial plants remain, and I haven't yet decided what to do with them.
The second type of plant that one sees in our home is of the silk variety. While these look more real, they still are artificial, and thus cannot grow. I have not tried to replace these. In fact, I have replaced some of the plastic plants with silk plants and flowers - especially in places that do not get any natural light.
The final type of plant in our home is a variety of live plants. Some began as cuttings from friends' plants. Others I purchased. Still others I received as gifts. These plants grow, produce oxygen, and have a definite purpose in our home. I have shared cuttings from these plants with many people over the years, and continue to grow more plants hydroponically in order to share them for years to come.
We human beings are like these three types of plants. Some people are very artificial in their interactions with others, and it is readily apparent. Others are like silk plants - they appear sincere, yet have an agenda in mind, and thus are still artificial. Finally, there are those people who are genuinely compassionate and want to serve others in whatever form that service may take - even if it means giving of themselves so that others may benefit.
God planted us as "real" plants when He breathed the breath of life into us at our conception. Have we remained "real" and produced good fruits - fruits of love and service - or have we become bitter and when we reach out to others, do we do so with an agenda of being noticed?
Dear Lord, it is so easy to be artificial in the way we treat others - even if we try to disguise our artificiality with an outward appearance of love. Help us to remain the fruitful plants that You planted and to bear much good fruit by loving and serving others in Your Name without the chance of being acknowledged. Amen.