Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe,

borei p’ri hagafen (Amein)
Who creates the fruit of the vine.  (Amen)

It has been a quiet Saturday at the end of a full week. Some of the blessings of this day and the days of the past week…

  • Attentiveness to practices, particularly hospitality, blessing, and prayer
  • Coffee and a bagel, a sunny morning, and good conversation with Rob and Paul
  • Colleagues in ministry, time to study and learn, a community of inquiry
  • Katie’s giggles that send me, even when I can only hear them on the phone
  • Kerri whose love and support is boundless
  • Seeing friends from Pleasant Hill, and the good people of Gwinnett being good enough to celebrate the occasion with fabulous fireworks
  • Wine Ministry and communities that deepen around the fruit of the vine
  • The terroir of Bordeaux and the Rhone River Valley
  • The terroir that imparts taste and texture in the stories and people I have encountered this week
  • BBT’s laugh
  • Rob’s anticipation of parenthood
  • Prosecco with a slice of ripe strawberry
  • Belly laughing with Mark, Mary, David, Bekah, Matt, Chris, and Paul — the 2006 Waterwheel Memsie might have contributed to the spirit in the room
  • Time to write and things to write about
  • South Carolina peaches
  • The Dekalb Farmers Market and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant
  • Raindrops on my window that now look like shimmering diamonds with the sun shining through them
  • Paul’s Red Wine and Blues song — in process
  • Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner
  • Domaine de Perilliere Cotes du Rhone

For these and all thy gifts I give thee thanks O Lord.


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