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Unexpected Coming

By Mark D. Stucky

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40)

Nobody expected Jesus

to walk into Starbucks.

What would Jesus order? we wondered.

Why is the Son of Man in Starbucks?

Did Christ come for converts

or just for steaming caffeine?

Did he come to judge

the coffee and the danish?

Would his credit card earn heavenly rewards

that he would redeem for sinners’ souls?

Could I get a cool selfie with the Messiah

and maybe make a viral video for TikTok?

Is the Rapture happening now

without sending notifications?

I wish our orders

had all been ready…

Is it now too late

to get a latte?


Mark D. Stucky has degrees in religious studies, pastoral ministry, and communications. After being a pastor, he moved into communications and has been a technical and freelance writer for three decades. During his day job, he documented diverse technology products, including satellite communications and building automation controls. In free time, he’s written articles, stories, and poems on a variety of (usually spiritual) topics. He has received over three dozen writing and publication awards. Mark believes in following facts and faith, understanding other perspectives, preserving the earth, protecting the vulnerable, and saving the world (or at least trying to). For more writings, see

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