Drinking From My Saucer

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows.  (Psalm 23:5)

When I was a little boy, I sat with my father at the breakfast table watching him attempt to cool is Folgers Instant coffee by tipping his cup and letting some spill over into the saucer below. The morning sun came through the window and was reflected off the coffee, casting sparkles across the ceiling.

I thought of these early days when someone dear to me gave me this poem:

Drinking From My Saucer (Author Unknown)

I’ll never make a fortune and it’s probably too late now, but I don’t worry about that much
I’m happy anyhow
As I go along life’s journey I’m reaping better than I sowed, and I’m drinking from my saucer
Because my cup is overflowed

Don’t have a lot of riches and sometimes the going’s tough, but I have family and friends that love me
And that makes me rich enough
I’m just so thankful for blessings and the mercies God’s bestowed, I’m drinking from my saucer
Because my cup has overflowed

Oh, I remember times when my faith got a little thin, but then all at once the dark cloud broke
And that old sun peeked through again
So Lord help me not to whine about the tough rows that I’ve hoed, I’m drinking from my saucer
Because my cup has overflowed

God, give me strength and courage when the way grows rough, I’ll not ask for other blessings
Because I’m already blessed enough
And may I never be too busy to help another bear his load, then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer
Because my cup is overflowed.

Rev. Dr. David Kaiser-Cross
Executive Minister

For all who hate Mondays:
God, I offer myself to Thee – To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!

Photo credit: Rev. Dr. Sharon Harris-Ewing. Weather Vane, Rockport, MA, May 2019