The Breakfast Club

 
 

“Come and have breakfast” – Jesus (John 21:12)

 

Back in 1985, John Hughes directed a film called, “The Breakfast Club”. The story was about five students, having nothing in common, spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say to each other, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other and became trusted friends.

Twenty-four years earlier, in 1961, the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, winner of two Oscars, was a romantic comedy centered in New York City. It followed a delightful romance that blossomed between an eccentric city girl and her suitor.

A few years back, before I left on vacation, I was given the book, “Breakfast at Sally’s”, to be an inspirational read while on holiday. The book, written by Richard LeMieux, is his personal touching, timely, struggle with homelessness. Lemieux ate breakfast at Sally’s (the Salvation Army) – but he found so much more.

Every Tuesday, breakfast is served at 7 a.m. by a faithful group of men at Our Saviour’s. For over eight years, men have gathered for eggs and oatmeal, but so much more. We have laughed, discussed, differed, prayed and grown in our relationship with God and with one another.

What is it about breakfast?

After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter decides to go fishing with some of the other disciples. They fish all night and catch nothing. In the morning, a stranger calls to them to throw their nets to the other side of the boat. As they obey his command, immediately their nets are bursting full of fish. They realize the stranger is Jesus. As they rush from the water and arrive on shore, they hear the wonderful invitation, “Come and have breakfast”. Jesus chose to prepare food for his friends. Jesus prepared fish and bread to satisfy their physical hunger, but he had much more to share with them. A deepening, renewing, reconstruction of relationships was about to take place.

Breakfast can be a special time.

This reflection upon the first meal of the day began a few months ago. Jeriah called one Sunday night and shared her morning at worship. In previous weeks, Jeriah had found a church that fit. The pastor’s message was meaningful, worship was inspirational, and the congregation felt warm. More than that, this particular morning, a woman approached Jeriah, an unfamiliar woman, and invited her to coffee. Jeriah didn’t know who this elderly woman was, but so appreciated her reaching out to her that she accepted the invitation. The following weeks included follow-up conversations, and then eventually led to having breakfast together. Over the months, Jeriah has been encouraged, inspired, mentored, and blessed by the breakfasts they have shared. How does one measure the gift given from an older, spiritually mature woman, intentionally taking interest and investing in a younger teachable woman who is hungry to grow and learn?

The relationship, the investment, the interest – it’s priceless!

While weeding my flower beds Sunday afternoon, I thought, “What if we were to start a ‘Breakfast Club?’” What if, once a month, we took interest in someone that we didn’t really know very well. What if it was someone newer in our congregation – and we invited them to breakfast after church? What if we considered doing this the first Sunday of the month – nothing planned or organized but more organic. That we all looked, with a little more interest, on that first Sunday of the month – for someone we might share a meal with – and perhaps share so much more. Maybe it becomes a gift given and received that develops into something that no amount of money can match – truly an investment, true interest – it’s priceless!

Something to think about,

Your First “Breakfast Club” Member,

Pastor Mark