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Steve Case, through his emersion into the story, reminds us that the presence of the divine surrounds us continually and he teaches us how to tap into that presence.

 - Mary Beth Howe, Author:A Baptist Among Jews

Wednesday
Nov132013

Wawa (warm cookies)

I’ve been getting my gasoline at Wawa lately.  I find myself driving by other gas stations in favor of Wawa. This is for several reason.  First I’m impressed by any marketing genius who can make a go of a business called Wawa.  They have cheap gas, clean restrooms, courteous staff, cookies, coffee and I’ve actually seen people cleaning the fountain-drink dispensers.  A few weeks ago I had my first sub from Wawa. Some sort of chipotle popcorn chicken number that was quite tasty. 

 Wawa is fairly new to Florida.  Up-north there are places where Wawa and another gas/convenient store called Sheetz have a rivalry going.  Sort of like Krispy Kreme verses Dunkin or FSU vs UF or Steelers vs Browns.  I will give it to Sheetz on the grab-and-go coffee and sweet tea. If Wawa ever comes out with their own brand of coffee in a can I will probably move in.

 I was filling my tank the other day and spotted a sign that said, “All lattes any size 1.99.”  I never had a Wawa latte so i thought I would give it a shot. If you have never been to a Wawa here’s how it works. You walk in and step up to a touch screen. You tap food or drink, then you tap what kind you want, hot or cold, large or small, extra expresso or whipped cream etc.  The machine prints you a receipt with a number and when they call your number you grab your food and go.

 So I’m in my local Wawa. It is seven o’clock AM on a cool Sunday morning. 

I touch LARGE,

and REGULAR

and ICE

and NO WHIPPED CREAM

and was tempted to touch EXTRA EXPRESSO but I did not. 

I touched the FINISHED button and think I am done.  Nope. There on the screen is one amazing question. 

  “Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?

 I don’t know a whole lot of people who would answer “No” to that question. I don’t care what the THAT in the question is.  Maybe you just bought a high powered circular saw at Home Depot...if the next question is “Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?”  Most people would say “Yes”. 

 I would love to try this at church.  Here’s your bulletin. Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?  Yes. Yes, I would.

 Here...take and eat this. It is my body which was broken for you. Take and drink this. It is my blood which was shed for you.  Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?  

 Having a good day? Having a bad day?  God says, “I want to make it just a little better. Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?”  Yes, God. Yes I would.”

 Leaders of foreign countries could sit down with each other and discuss how to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons.  “Here’s our proposal for disarmament.  Would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?”

 Warm chocolate chip cookies are like God’s love. You can’t offer one in anger or hate. You can be a vindictive judgmental and damning creator and still say, “Here’s the life I want for you....would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?”

 Warm Chocolate Chip cookies = God’s unconditional love.  Yes, I would like some please. Yes, I could really use it.  My week has been a bad week. My school work has been stressing me out. The world seems like it’s ready to rip itself apart.  Yes, I would like a warm chocolate chip cookie. (Cookie=God’s love.)

 God is love. Love is God. It says so in the Bible.   It frightens me how many people have a view of God as carrying around his big bucket of lightning bolts.  What if we saw a God with a kiss-the-cook apron and a plate of cookies?  

 GOD: “Here is a life.  It’s yours. You can do ANYTHING you want to with it. It’s entirely your call....would you like a warm chocolate chip cookie with that?”

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Reader Comments (2)

I had a day of painful tests, and rec'd a phone call from friends who offered to bring supper ---which was gratefully accepted. When they arrived, she said " I also brought you a warm fig cookie with that. It wasn't choc. chip because she knew I was not supposed to eat much choc.
Like Steve said. it becomes a symbol of love and help for someone having a difficult day. It did not affect the cause of the physical pain, but it made me smile and made my brain think about something pleasant for awhile. Nice message---thanks Steve

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfather spirit

Only Case's ever expanding brain could take a Wawa cookie and turn it into a lesson from God. You must admit God gave him the brain, so he is really brilliant. Hope hr doesn't run out of it .

May 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHSC

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