When I was a young pastor in the multicultural community of Tampa I felt it was sometimes appropriate for me to drink a little wine, not simply for the stomach’s sake as St. Paul advised Timothy, but to be sociable. Native Americans are wise to the resourses in nature. I am interested in the Mesquite tree of the desert. If you wish to learn more 0f the tree’s natural value to early inhabitants of the deserts click here. Rivaling the Mesquite is the Juniper tree and its berries.
My Arizona cousin introduced me to drunken raisins. Spread white (golden) raisins on the bottom of a shallow bowl, cover them with gin and let them soak for about four days. Eat a teaspoon of drunken raisins each morning and evening for hoped-for, long-term health’s sake. The gin is made from the berries of a juniper tree. Natives who lived in deserts before big pharma may have somewhat to teach us.
A while ago a young woman who is a member of CMC introduced herself to Joyce and me. She said that she wanted to have friends among the older members of the church. We welcomed her. She told us that her fiance could not come to church because he worked at The Goshen Brewery Company. This intrigued my Joyce, so while I was learning about wine and gin in Arizona we had a Sunday noon brunch date at The Brewery waiting for me. We found the brewery building near the Farmer’s Market.
Our young friend came by bike to be with us. The brunch was made of locally grown produce which we thoroughly enjoyed. After eating, Joyce asked for a tour of the brewery. My old knees were not up to the stairway down and up so I was content to look down at some of the huge vats. I noticed the words “Mighty Menno” on one of the vats. A waitress saw me standing alone so she came to talk with me. She was a beautiful young woman with “Mighty Menno” on her tee shirt. She did not look like a Mennonite to me, so I asked if she was one. She said, Yes, and told me the church she belonged to. It seemed to me that The Brewery is owned and staffed by Mennonites. Joyce and I would like to return when the Mighty Menno is on tap.
Neither of us like beer. I like a little wine and drunken raisins. Buttermilk is my favorite drink. What do wine, gin, beer, buttermilk and yogurt have in common? Each of the potions is produced by bacterial fermentation. Many of my friends scoff at buttermilk. I offer this link in its defense. I asked my table mate what makes the gut work.” Bacteria” we agreed, and he laughed and said, “That’s the way the system works!”
Wine, beer, gin, buttermilk, yogurt
That’s the way it works.