For most of my life, looking at this picture, I would have felt obliged to caption it with part of a saying in Psalm 23, “Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!” Indeed, I still believe that there is wisdom in that saying in its complete context. And, yet, only tonight in Bible study we read and talked about Jesus being the new wine, which was not to be poured into old wineskins. And you can read for yourself here about how he produced the finest of wines for the wedding of friends as his beautiful, beneficent first miracle. I think it must have been a rose.
Speaking of new wine, this rose from the Casal Garcia winery in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal, in my mind, was perfect for Easter day–light and sweet and fresh, like life returning–without being at all cloying. There will, thank God, be time and time and time again for the dark, dark red of Good Friday wine, of communion wine, but on Easter and Pentecost, though, the light and new seem fitting to me!
This particular rose has such a pretty label, too.
-image from Tony Fletcher’s Jamming
And if you live in St. Louis and like fine wines and beers, you really ought to know about Parker’s Table where this wine was bought, centrally located close to the southwest corner of Forest Park. Go and show them some love; they will return the favor.
church in a basement,
tornado sirens wail; we
are not forsaken
the communion loaf
is scored, grooves like lash marks baked
one body, one flesh,
making it home we find a
city blown by wrath
The congregants at Grace and Peace Fellowship did have to go to the basement to finish the last half of their service unplugged and huddled around tables.
There turned out to be no damage in the immediate area, but coming home I found out about the damage at the airport and other areas. I also learned that a friend and his wife, who is 7 months pregnant, lost their home. And two dear young women from my own church, who lost their mother this past year and have had more than their share of trouble, also lost their home. Please pray for these two families and others who have lost so much.
Amidst it all, I do believe that Good Friday is still indeed good, and that because of it, because Christ was forsaken on the cross, we need not be, in life or in death.