It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and Eutychus found himself rethinking the sermon that he had heard from earlier in the day trying to figure out what was missing for him. His needs for a meaningful spiritual touch drove him to the mega-church that sent him a flyer but for some odd reason things just did not seem to mesh.
He had been on time for the 7:00 am worship service and was ushered out promptly at 9:30 for the second batch of worshipers. He had followed the pre-printed sermon notes in the bulletin and had even waited in line to shake hands with the assigned greeter before being handed a cup of coffee along with a response card to be mailed back later in the week.
The sermon covered extremely well “The Seven Essential Steps of Success” and reviewed well many successful personalities that had emerged like cream from the mangled morass of fallen humanity. The thing that seemed to bother Eutychus the most was the $100 seed faith offering that he made in order to sow faith into his dream of joining the “March of the Faithful” who are the members present who agreed to implement the Essential Success Steps for 21 days in anticipation of blessing to come. The thought that there has to be more kept floating in his mind and heart and with a good chunk of his Sunday left, Eutychus decided to devote the rest of his Sunday to getting a better understanding of his faith.
He remembered having a conversation with a quirky religious historian a couple of weeks ago who gave him his card while he was going though religious treatises on the faith. He remembered this historian, Mr. Athena sharing with him then that, “Your answers are only found partly in the journeys of others Try to avoid the age old trap of allowing others to do the hard work of thinking for you. Be bold enough to wrestle for yourself with the issues of your own unique faith journey. Remember also, that I am almost always open for a good cup of coffee and a great conversation, feel free to give me a call when you are ready to do some thinking for yourself.”
So with the work week still a good half day away, Eutychus decided to give Mr Athena a call to take him up on his offer. “Mr. Athena, Eutychus here.”
“Yes, Eutychus, the young man who is hopefully ready to think for himself. How is your Sunday?”
“Well Mr. Athena, I am ready to take you up on the offer of a cup of coffee and the best conversation that I can offer if of course you can squeeze me into your very busy Sunday Schedule.”
“Of course I can but only if you buy the coffee and pastry of my choice. I rarely can afford the double espresso latte and the lemon cake, so if you turn out to be a true dud, at least I will get something out of it.”
“Not a problem” shared Eutychus wondering just what he was about to get himself into. “Meet me at the Coffee Shop on Main Street in say an hour and let's have that chat that you have been taunting me with.”
I could almost hear the smile over the phone as Mr. Athena said “Deal.”
And so the story begins . . .