Apr. 27: Peace by the Potbelly Stove

Lunchtime in New York City. Tourists rush from spot to spot, breathless from activity. Workers e-mail and text, frenetic in their daily routine.

But inside the Potbelly Sandwich Shop, you’re likely to find a different world. The smiling staff welcomes customers, while a musician plays familiar songs on his guitar. Conversations take place—person to person, instead of phone to phone. The soothing smell of baked bread fills the air.

The Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain began in 1977 in Chicago inside a small antique store.  Taking its name from the potbelly stoves that were once a gathering place in homes and communities all over the country, it became a spot to share a meal and conversation.  With more than 200 outlets nationwide, these sandwich shops remain such an oasis, even in the midst of a bustling city.

In our daily lives, we too need those breaks, moments to nourish body and spirit.

Anxiety weighs down the human spirit, but a good word cheers it up.  (Proverbs 12:25)

Send Your Spirit, Master, to renew the face of this earth.

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