We all have those places where we feel right at home. For some it’s a person’s home, or when they are doing a particular activity, or when they are with a certain group of people. Having a place where you can be who you are, and remember who you are is so important.
We live in a world that sends us so many signals of who we are “supposed” to be, but few messages of who we really are. We get so distracted by the messages of this world saying that we’re not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, healthy enough, rich enough, funny enough. The world tells us we are not enough.
Jesus has something else to say. Jesus’ sacrifice communicates value. Value that is limitless, and not restricted from a single person. And that value is dependent on neither our mistakes nor our success. It simply is.
This world tells us all the time that we are not valuable, so we need to frequently be reminded of our value. So, we must find those places that can serve as a reminder of who we really are. This is so important as we live in a world that tries its best to make us forget. Forget our value as made clear through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
At Purple Door Coffee we hope and pray that we can be a place of remembering. A place where anyone can come and remember that they are loved, that they have value, that they matter, that they are enough. We don’t care what you’ve done or haven’t done. We care that you are you. You have been intentionally created by God. You have been created with the capacity to love and be loved. You have been deemed valuable by the God of the Universe. We hope that everyone that comes to Purple Door remembers their value, or, maybe, sees it for the first time. Once we are reminded of who we are, we can go and help others remember. We can carry this message of truth, this message of dignity for all people to every corner of our life.
At Purple Door we pray that we can be a small place of remembering for all who enter the shop. And who knows, maybe all some people need is the caffeine kick to get back out there and love people to the point of remembering.