Iced Tea Peace

Nothing gives me more pleasure than a pitcher of cold tea in the fridge … other than perhaps a thermos jug that still has ice tinkling inside. For some reason, I have been sporadic in my tea making this summer. But right now, I have one of those jugs sitting on the counter in my kitchen, and I’ve been running back and forth for two days, filling my glass. (my haven’t they changed jugs for the better, there’s still ice in there this morning!)

Not having tea all ready is actually a sign of my not taking very good care of myself. I caught myself doing a couple half-baked measures that pointed toward iced tea… wound up with cool rather than cold… but finally… or rather again!

That pitcher of tea also makes me more hospitable… Here, c’mon in, sit down, have a glass. We need to encourage whatever it is that makes us feel so at home at home that we want to invite others in… Opening our hearts, our home, extending our hospitality to others is a huge and important first step on the way to Peace. Having a jar of tea in the fridge makes that huge step much, much smaller…

So, for me, there really is a connection between Iced Tea and Peace that moves beyond my own enjoyment of a peaceful glass of tea on the porch… What is the food or drink that most invites you to open… your heart and your home? We need to capitalize on any cues for Peace we can find…


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