Suspended Coffee

Morning Prayer: Suspended Coffee
May 1, 2014
Prayer by Carole Ann ’14

I’d like to share a story I came across a while ago:

2 friends entered a coffeehouse and gave their orders. They took their coffee, and they approached their table. Shortly after, 2 people came into the coffeehouse and went to the counter. “Five coffees, please.” they said, “ two for us and three suspended.” They paid for their order, took the two coffees, and left. One of the friends, confused, asked the other what a suspended coffee was. The friend, answering, said, “Wait for it and you will see.” Some more people entered the coffeehouse and ordered 7 coffees. There were 3 of them, and 4 were to be suspended. While the first friend still wondered what was going on, a man entered the coffeehouse, dressed in shabby clothes and presumably homeless. He walked to the counter and kindly asked “Do you have a suspended coffee?” And shortly after was given a coffee free of charge. He sat down, took a sip, and smiled.

The idea was simple: people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition of suspended coffee started in Naples, Italy, but has spread all over the world, and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

It’s a simple act of generosity, a way to pay it forward in a small but never unnoticed way.

I encourage all of you to take the time to perform small acts of kindness and generosity, especially as the end of the year approaches. Find ways to show those around your appreciation for what they do for you, and seniors especially, cherish every moment you have left together. Take the time to reach out of your comfort zone and do something thoughtful for someone else. Discover your own way to pay it forward. Discover your own suspended coffee.

Let us pray.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for everything you have blessed us with. Remind us to be thoughtful and considerate of others, and give us the inspiration to go out and perform acts of kindness and generosity on a daily basis.

In your name we pray,


Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.


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