Green. Black. White. Red. Bagged. Loose. Hot. Iced. Home-brewed. Starbucks. I really enjoy all sorts of tea. Every day my morning routine includes sitting down with a nice cup of fresh tea. Not only am I sipping a cup right now (in my Life Is Good mug), but I will probably have a few more cups throughout today.
In large part because of the British Empire’s presence for so long in so many places around the world, their love for tea is still prominent in most of the world. Outside of the USA the favorite household social drink is tea.
Big deal, right? For me, it is. I use tea as an important reminder.
It all started with some great friends who are missionaries to Africa. Jayne, a lovely British woman, sent me some tea from the country in which they were serving. So naturally every time I brewed a cup of tea from Mozambique I thought of my friends. And prayed for them.
Now tea and prayer are inseparably intertwined—
- Malawi tea = prayer for missionary friends in Malawi
- Tea in a Western Michigan University mug = prayer for a Chi Alpha pastor
- Indian tea = prayer for a dear friend who pastors in India
- Loose tea = prayer for my cousin who serves as a missionary in an Arabic country
- Apricot tea = prayer for my Mom & Dad who gave me this tea
- Tangawizi tea = prayer for some other special family members
- Chinese green tea = prayer for a family in China who tell people there about Jesus
You get the idea.
Paul wrote to his dear friends at the church in Philippi, “I thank God for you every time I think of you.” The key is to use something we do as part of our regular routine as a reminder to pray. It’s not hard. It’s not even taking time to bow your head and close your eyes.
Whenever you think of someone, pray for them. Use pictures, a piece of jewelry, a cup of tea, a bookmarker, special coffee cups, or anything else you handle every day as a reminder to pray.
Mother Teresa said, “Prayer enlarges the heart.” If you want to love others the way God loves, pray for them. If you want to love someone more deeply, pray for them more often. Prayer is one of the best habits we can develop.
Now, I must get back to my tea and my remembrances. Oh, by the way, if you have any tea recommendations, I would love to hear them!