“Coffee Time” with God

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Chapter-a-Day Psalm 55

Morning, noon, and night
    I cry out in my distress,
    and the Lord hears my voice.
Psalm 55:17 (NLT)

“Coffee time” is a long held tradition in the Dutch culture which is my heritage. When I was a kid, I thought it was just something that my Grandpa and Grandma Vander Well did when I visited them at their home in Le Mars, Iowa. About 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and then again in the mid-afternoon about 3:00, Grandpa and Grandma V would stop whatever it was they were doing and sit down at the kitchen table for a cup of coffee or tea.

Years later, I spent three years living in a very small rural town that was largely of Dutch heritage. I quickly learned that at 9:00 a.m. and again about 3:00 p.m. the local coffee shop was packed for “coffee time.” Local residents, businessmen, and farmers congregated for a cup of coffee and a serving of current events or local gossip. I came to love the routine break in the day. I looked forward to it.

A few years ago, I first read about “praying the hours.” It’s an ancient practice that I believe was largely lost in the protest that made many of us Protest-ants. Also known as “fixed hour prayer,” the concept is pretty simple. At set times of the day, you stop whatever you are doing and have a conversation with God.

The practice of fixed hour prayer actually has its roots in Christianity’s Judaic roots. As you read through the book of Acts and the stories of the beginning of the early church you’ll find hints of the apostles’ dedication to praying at specific hours of the day, often going to the temple to do so. You also find references throughout David’s lyrics, like the verse I pulled from today’s chapter, of his praying at specific times throughout the day.

After studying a bit of the history of the practice (click here for a great article about it if you’re curious), I’ve spent the past few years trying to incorporate what I like to think of as “coffee time with God” into my daily routine. While I’m far from perfect in my discipline, I’ve found it to be an enjoyable practice. I purposefully take a break from whatever I am doing at specific hours of the day to have a brief conversation with God. It provides much needed breaks to my day. It keeps me connected relationally with God throughout the day instead of the sense of leaving God behind after my morning quiet time.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have coffee time scheduled with a Friend.

5 thoughts on ““Coffee Time” with God”

  1. I was talking to Matthew and shared with him how you inspired me this morning. Tom, I meet with my girlfriends on Wednesday evenings at the coffee shop and we casually chat about your day and what are plans are for the week and weekend. I enjoy is very much but I want more. After reading your blog it just inspired me to create an event on facebook, labeling it “coffee time with God’ and expressed to my girlfriends that I really want our time to be more meaningful and engaging. I want our time to really be about growing together in Christ. I suggested taking this time to pray…or, read a chapter together from the Bible and share what we received from His word while sipping on our coffee…coffee time with God, love it!!! Thank you!!

    1. Thanks for sharing this with me, Sarah! I’m so glad that you’ve been encouraged to take things to another level with your girlfriends. I hope you all find a groove with your time and conversation that is a catalyst for transformation in all of you. Wow. You made my day!!

  2. 22 Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

    It is a great comfort to know that when burdens are heaviest and no other human is around to hear about them, that we can talk to God and he will listen.

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