Posted by: pendrops | August 8, 2007

wine teaches

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Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
~ Benjamin Franklin

“You’re going to spit it out?” the incredulous winery server said.

“Well, yeah. We’ve got three more wineries to visit today,” I laughed.

She shrugged and I spit the deep ruby cab in the silver spitoon.

Spitting some of the richest, sweetest wines goes against every one of my grains, but is a necessity when touring wine country the way Jason and I just did and keeping a clear head about it.

I spit wine in Napa because it is, as Frederick Buechner says, “…booze, which means it is dangerous and drunk-making.” Dangerous like so many good, great things: money, food, sex, firearms. All dangerous, all good.

Did God really give us these risky things, daring us to enjoy them in moderation, wisdom and understanding so we might lay hold of the abundant, joyful life He offers us? Could it be that God takes immense pleasure in us taking controlled pleasure in all He has created…the safe and the risky?

Pastor Dan Scott says it this way: “The Lord wants us to learn to be responsible with dangerous things.”

The beauty of wine – or any other good and dangerous thing – can only be enjoyed when I acknowledge both its exquisiteness and its destructive potential.

**

“Here’s to reclining,” I said, clinking my glass with Jason’s over spaghetti-smattered dishes. We had spent nearly two hours at the table that night not long ago, laughing, crying, eating, talking…reclining. In recent months, Jason and I have become increasingly aware of our need and desire to slow down and take in more of the best stuff: rich flavors, nature outside our windows, each other’s company.

And there’s something about uncorking over a meal that gives more room for that kind of reclining. The wine is kind enough to open itself to us – revealing intricate flavors and fragrances – and we open up to each other as we chill out, breathe in, slow down, share dreams, and connect souls.

***

Jesus outted Himself as Yahweh’s Son by turning water into wine, the best wine it is said, at a wedding in Cana. Why water? Why wine?

Winemaker and owner of Cunio Cellars Gino Cunio gives a glimpse into Jesus’ miracle. The Cunio label not only tells the story of the wedding feast in Cana, but shows Jesus’ hands dipped in water, because when Jesus did miracles, even as earthy and mind-boggling as wine-making, He touched.

Jesus showed us with His own hands that wine is sacred.

“Laughter and bread go together,
And wine gives sparkle to life…”
Ecclesiastes 10:19

Wine teaches us a little about life, too.

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Responses

  1. Krista, great post! I’ve actually been composing a post on my own blog along the lines of this subject, though I haven’t published it yet.

    You are an incredible writer! This post is both intelligent and articulate… if more wine enthusiasts wrote and spoke, even taught as well as you do there might be less division on the subject within the body of Christ.

    Thanks for a great post.

  2. One of your Top 5 writings ever.

    Partaking in wine has nothing to do with snobbery or haughtiness, and if someone simply doesn’t like it, that’s perfectly fine.

    But calling it heresy is nothing more than tradition that’s carried on for centuries from our country’s Puritan roots. We are a nation started by Pilgrims after all.

    Dan Scott speaks wonderfully about this. I’ve got his recent talk here on CD. Let me know if you want to here it again!

  3. I especially like your lumping of firearms and wine into the same category 😉

  4. I love the imagery of Jesus dipping his hands in the water to turn it to wine. His way was always to touch, to risk contact.

    Brilliant post!

  5. I’m currently reading “Jesus in the Margins” by Rick McKinley, it’s quickly rising into the realm of my favorites. (This Beautiful Mess, also by Rick is hte most life-changing book I’ve ever read.)

    Rick had this to say about Jesus’ first miracle, and I loved it!

    —————-
    “What’s stunning to me in all this is that Jesus does a miracle which, if he did it today, would cause the religious community to seriously question his propriety. He makes one hundred and eighty gallons of wine for people who are already a little more than half lit. But the Bible says that by doing this he reveals his glory and wins his disciples faith.

    When I was in college I was assigned to write a few different papers that tried to prove the wine Jesus made wasn’t alcoholic. It was as though they didn’t want Jesus to be who he really is.

    Like they wanted to cover up what Jesus did.”
    —————-

    Honesty. The church-at-large needs a big dose of it, huh?


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