Monday, November 9, 2015
A Plain Red Cup
It's a cup. At a coffee store. That has never claimed to be affiliated in any way with Christ. They sell drinks filled with well over your daily allotment of sugar.
I'm still stuck on the fact that it's a cup.
There are so many people out there hurting during the holidays. I never thought I would be one of them, but here I am... wondering how to get through the next two months. Not wanting to know what it feels like to have to celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas after the death of my baby girl. Daily, I cling to Christ in hopes that I will get through it all unscathed. That I won't become bitter. That my anger won't get in the way of this magical time of year.
You would never know it by looking at me in line at Starbucks. I dress well, with my hair done & makeup on. I patiently wait my turn, and order my drink with a smile. I say thank you & make small talk with the person taking my order, and wait at the end of the counter for my drink. I smile at the strangers waiting next to me if we happen to catch eyes.
You would never know that inside my heart is shattered. That I am broken by numbers & percentages. 1 in 4, 1 in 50, 1 in 200....I am the 1 in all these scenarios. They rarely leave my thoughts.
Rather than getting bent out of shape about a red cup... why don't you look at the person in line behind you & tell the cashier that you would like to pay for their drink in that red cup. Then turn around and wish them a very Merry Christmas. I assure you that it will make them smile. I would daresay that even if they don't celebrate Christmas, they will be grateful & gracious. But more than anything... you will have been a blessing to them.
You truly have no idea what is going on in that person behind you. They might look like me... and their heart might be broken in a million pieces, just like mine is. That small gesture might give them a shot of happiness during a time that is overwhelming & not as joyful as it once was.
Christ isn't in a red cup. Christ is in the hearts & thoughts of those who are His. And maybe, just maybe....you can show Christ's love through a plain red cup this season.