I’m going to have to get a new coffee maker.
When we got married, the only thing that I said I wanted from any of the wedding showers was a coffee maker that I could program so my coffee was ready when I got up in the morning. 34 years ago that was a novel idea!
Over the years I have worn out several. When the last one died Anita said that she heard that those that grind the coffee are better, and so that is what we got. Little did we know that when the grinder started up at 6:10 it sounded like a 747 taking flight! But the coffee was good! And I liked it!
But then the grinder quit working. Missing the sound of the jet engines in the kitchen was dealt with by going back to having ground coffee. I liked my coffee pot!
But recently a new problem has begun. The coffee will brew as it is programed to do, but then, it cuts off. Not a problem if you are downstairs at 6:15 because you can just go over and turn it “On.” But if you sleep late, say to 6:45 you come downstairs to a tepid cup of coffee.
It isn’t cold, not like those nights when the power has gone out and the coffee was brewed at 12:00 and sat there all night long, but not hot. In fact, it is just past warm. It is like the coffee that has sat for 30 minutes and is no longer drinkable, but not really throw-outable!
I wonder if that is what has happened to the faith of the dones. It isn’t that they don’t have any faith. It isn’t that they have rejected faith. It isn’t that they don’t really appreciate it. It is just that it has become so tepid as to become undrinkable.
Maybe they are feeling the way Jesus felt when he looked at the church at Laodicea. “Because you are neither hot nor cold, just tepid, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Maybe we just need a new coffee maker!