Saturday, March 12, 2022


Tea for Two or Three or More

Photo by Kat Sommers 2010

As we saw last time, how tea is blended and brewed has many parallels to the Christian life. Whether hot or iced, tea needs to be immersed in hot or boiling water for just the right amount of time and steeped at the perfect temperature so that it brews to perfection, for our optimal enjoyment.

Paradoxically, tea can warm or cool us, and it can revive or relax us. A hearty cup of hot black tea containing caffeine and health-enhancing nutrients can give us our second wind when our bodies are tired and our spirits sag, whether at breakfast or in the afternoon, as is the English custom.

God Himself has promised to revive our spirit and our heart (Psalm 85:6; 138:7), to empower us (2 Corinthians 12:9), and to give us all we need to carry out the mission He has appointed for us (Philippians 4:19). We should seek Him first thing in the morning (Proverbs 8:17; Isaiah 26:9), and throughout the day as we need an added boost (1 Chronicles 16:11), for only He can satisfy our thirst.

Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

When we are worried and tense, tea can relax us, particularly herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and lavender, and these are especially suited for relaxing after work or before bedtime. But it is only God Who gives us the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), for He is the God of all comfort, as well as of love and peace (2 Corinthians 13:11).

Should we not also speak with God when we need to unwind after a stressful day or before we drift off to sleep? He calms our troubled heart when we turn to Him asking forgiveness (Psalm 51:10), in sorrow and repentance for our sins, and in the humility (Isaiah 57:15) of realizing that without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But with Him, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26).

Many tea lovers drink their beloved beverage daily, finding sustenance, energy and comfort there. Similarly, we should seek God daily (Psalm 61:8; 68:19), and not just in times of trouble, and He will reward us with strength (Isaiah 40:31), patience (James 1:2-8), peace (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 13:11) and joy (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 27:6; 32:11; 35:9).

Offering another person a cup of tea, or even water (Mark 9:41) is a comforting gesture of kindness and hospitality, reflecting the love of Christ, and He has promised to reward us for it.

Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Sharing tea brings to mind images of a grandmother inviting her sick grandchild to snuggle under a warm blanket in her rocking chair while sipping tea, or a family allowing a stranger to come in out of the storm and warm himself by the fire as a cup of hot tea takes the chill off his bones. It reminds me that God comforts us in our sorrow and trials by showing us His tender mercies, so that we can comfort others who are suffering (2 Corinthians 1:3)

Sharing tea is a special blessing when we take the time to enjoy the ceremony of serving and drinking tea from fine china, with all the accompaniments, in the presence of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. It brings to mind the sweet sacrament of dining together at the Lord’s table and remembering His body, broken for us, and His blood, shed for us, until He comes again (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

At tea time or any meal or meeting, Jesus has promised us that where two or three are gathered in His Name, that He is in the midst of them and will answer any prayer request on which we agree  (Matthew 18:19-20). What a blessing to know that Jesus Himself is with us today through His Holy Spirit!

High tea is a special treat, filled with beautifully prepared delicacies served on fine china. But even if we drink tea or break bread in more humble settings, the love shared is far more important than the quality or quantity of food (Proverbs 15:17; 23:1-8)

The apostle Paul told us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), not necessarily verbally, but by offering our lives as a living prayer. One way we can do this through the Spirit is by being mindful of and thankful for God’s blessing and direction in all that we do (Colossians 3:23), even something as simple as drinking tea.

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

So let’s enjoy our tea as a time of sweet Christian fellowship, and use the occasion to pause to remember and thank God for His many blessings!

© 2018 Laurie Collett
Reposted from the archives



Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Laurie,
You quote Philippians 4:7, where Paul writes that God can give us peace "that passes all understanding".
In these difficult times when there's a war in Ukraine - a country that is nearer to us than California is to Florida, these are very distressing times.
But to realise that God is sovereign and has the whole world in his hands, therefore, nothing can be done behind his back - is a source of peace to my soul during these difficult times.
Indeed, like the refreshing taste of tea when feeling tired, exhausted or even feeling low.
Blessings to you and Richard.

Laurie Collett said...

Dear Frank,
So true, that this present world is far from peaceful. Yet we can find peace in knowing that God is still on His throne, and that every day brings us closer to the Rapture, when we will experience perfect peace.
Thanks for your comment, and may God bless you and Alex,

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
I enjoyed reading your post, and I am a person who loves herbal tea. Strangely enough I have just left a comment on another person's blog regarding the healing qualities of tea. I do think that just like sharing a cup of tea with people we can also gather together in prayer. Please could you pray for me as there is a large ulcer under my tongue that is causing quite a bit of discomfort. I have prayed to the Lord to heal it and I agree about two or more praying together to get answer from God to heal. So if you would pray in agreement for my healing I thank you greatly. God bless you and Richard Laurie.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
Thank you for your encouraging comment. So very sorry to hear about your ulcer. Dear Heavenly Father, Great Physician, please heal your beloved servant Brenda quickly and completely. Let her be pain-free; let this not be anything serious; and let her once again use her lovely voice without hindrance or irritation, to Your glory. Amen.
God bless you Brenda,

Brenda said...

Thank you very much Laurie, and Amen to your very kind prayer.

Laurie Collett said...

You're very welcome, Brenda. May God bless you richly.