On the Spirit of Wine

Mentioned on more than one occasion on these pages, our church has a wine tasting group. Our practicing mantra is a group for fun and fellowship with wine as vehicle. I know keep saying this, but I need to write a post about this group because others may want to try it.

One part of the event is a devotional, something that I had to do at the last event. I search the net and put together the following words. (Before starting, I asked participants to have some wine in their glass for a toast.)

Our wine, which art in heaven, hallowed by thy legs.
They will be drunk, I will be drunk, at home, as in thy cellar.
Give us this day, our daily glass, and forgive us our spillage, as we forgive those who spill against us.
And lead us not to incarceration, but deliver us from hangovers.
For thine is the Chardonnay, the Merlot and the Cabernet. Forever and ever. Amen. [Posted 8th August 2011 by Lynfred Winery (Illinois)]

Wine is a symbolism of life.

  • The twisted vines represent the strength we need in life
  • The roots anchor to the soil that is the source of stability and nourishment
  • The sun represents the power source carrying hopes of yielding good fruit
  • The grapes represent our childhood, our immaturity
  • Fermentation represents our challenges and struggles
  • Barrels carry our hope
  • The cup is the vessel we can hold in our hands for hope
  • The wine is the final product of the new life
  • The full cup of wine is an appreciation of the joys we hold
  • The toast is for the good in life

Wine is something we share.

  • Wine brings people together as it does here, at a wedding, and at the altar
  • Wine’s sweetness represents the joy of the occasion, the gladness in our heart, the mask of the bitterness in life
  • Wine is a symbol of friendship and love

Wine is symbolic with faith.

  • For Jews, red wine represents the blood on the door of the houses that protected them from the Angel of Death before the Exodus
  • For Christians, wine represents the blood of Christ
  • Jesus is the new wine – the good wine He provided at Cana
  • Wine is to bread as faith is to a full life
  • Filling the cup to the brim with wine represents the completeness that one’s commitment of life needs to be
  • Wine is symbolic of life

So tonight, as we share the cup of wine, we undertake the sharing of all that the future may bring.

Blessed art Though, Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. (a Jewish wine prayer)

And let us raise our glass to toast the spirit of wine.

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40 thoughts on “On the Spirit of Wine

  1. Hi,
    As you know I don’t drink wine, but I did like the way the wine prayer was written very clever I thought, the winery I gather would have that displayed where everyone can see it, I feel it would bring smiles to customers faces, they may even buy more. :D

    • Mags,
      I would hope the winery display that prayer as it is very clever. But I’m not sure because I found it online, and have never been to the winery. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Soma,
      Glad you enjoyed this. A grapes immaturity is a matter of perspective. From a wine point of view, it’ immaturity …. from the perspective of a fruit to enjoy, it’s maturity. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Funny opening poem, for sure! But the remainder of what you’ve shared with us is really lovely. I’ve never read anything quite like it, but I experience some of it with other good friends. A lot of excellent reflection and soul-searching can open up over a good bottle of wine. I have good friends coming this weekend…there will be many wine moments! I will be thinking of your post, too! D

  3. I hate that I’m allergic to wine…and beer …and liquor…LOL. (Allergic) Seems like you go to an awesome church. I belong to a pretty awesome church near me as well. Glad to meet a fellow Christian =D

    • Squishy,
      We do attend an awesome church. My wife and I play in our handbell choir, which for a church choir, does a pretty good job. If you like handbell music, see Categories > Handbells in the sidebar. BTW – my wife developed an allergy regarding alcohol, but strangely, she takes Zantec which remarkably works for her. Oh well … thanks for commenting.

  4. I want to copy your bullet points and add them to my bar as a pretty poster in a frame! My bar is mostly a wine bar! We love wine in my house and do a monthly wine search of some of our local stores including one of my favorites, World Market which always has new wines from around the world for a great prices. One of our favorite things to do is find new ones for under $15.

    I loved this!

    • Valentine,
      Glad you enjoy this, so I say make a copy for your wine bar!

      World Market is still in your area? Wow … we lost both of ours, so I figured they went by the way of Montgomery Ward. Meanwhile, it seems you and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to a willingness to try new wines!!!! Cheers! … oh, red for me please. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Good post Frank! I heard a guy give a quick toast where he explained that wine uses all the senses-taste, hearing (the sound of the cork and the pouring), sight, the feel of the glass in your hand as you swirl and of course smell…a pretty good go-to if you’ve got nothing better!

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  7. Frank, I drink to this …. a very interesting angle and view on sprite of wine.
    Still wine is one thing I could be without .. if so needed. Excellent post and your job is outstanding. Love it.

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