On Friday mornings I stop in at my local Panera Bread for coffee and a bagel. Over time I have found that there are “regulars” that do the same thing. There is an older couple that sits in a booth near the front window. It allows them a view of the parking lot and they can see everyone who enters through the front door. When I walk in I always look over at them. When they acknowledge my glace I say “good morning.” Usually I receive the same reply or a smile and a nod of the head. I sometimes wonder where they go after breakfast.
There are at least two groups of men who meet there as well. They come in and greet one another with hugs and warm smiles. My assumption is that they are small Christian groups. I usually see what appears to be a Bible or Bible study book in their hands. God bless them for getting up so early to share and pray together. My Cursillo group meets on Monday evenings at our church.
There are other regulars, men and women picking up packages of bagels for their office or group meetings. Some bring in their laptops and work or just browse the Internet. We hold the door for each other, greet each other and sometimes discuss the weather. It is a nice way to start the day because there is no one grumbling, everyone is in a good mood and somewhat cheerful considering the time of day. The cashier, Maria, always has a smile on her face and greets us all with a resounding “Good morning sir!’ or “Good morning mam!” Those that frequent the bakery on a more regular basis she greets by name.
It would be nice if this sharing, this camaraderie could be present throughout our day. We seem to let obstacles get in our way as the day follows its normal course. We bring these upon ourselves; we become irritated and frustrated with co-workers, friends and family. The pleasant morning is forgotten, we have let the sun go behind the clouds, we have let the darkness take over.
It is not easy to be cheerful all of the time. But it can be accomplished. We just need to remember how important it is to keep Jesus in our heart and in our life. He is there to help us, we are not alone.
Have a blessed Friday.