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THE WINE OF JOY


To the Jewish people wine symbolized joy. The Jewish rabbis had a saying, ‘Without wine there is no joy.” At the wedding in Cana their joy had run out!



This statement by the mother of Jesus goes beyond liquid refreshment at a wedding. It is symbolic of our lives. It is a reminder of the emptiness of our life without Christ. It is a scary thing when the “wine runs out.”


Ernest Hemmingway was a famous writer, but you might not know many details about his life. Hemmingway was a great storyteller. Many of his books are considered to be classics. The Old Man and The Sea, a story he wrote while living in Cuba reveal his genius. He was a Nobel Prize recipient. From the very early years of his life he was a person who went for it all. He was a newspaper reporter and an ambulance driver during WWI. He was involved in the Spanish Civil War. He had friendships that ranged from bullfighters to authors.


Whatever he did, he went for it all, he was drinking long at the natural wine of life. But there came a day when those wines ran out. Carlos Baker records in the biography of Hemmingway that one bright, cloudless Sunday morning, Ernest shot and killed himself.

There are times when the wine runs out. The joy is dry!


SOURCE: from Richard Hall in "What Do You Do When The Wine Runs Out?" on www.sermoncentral.com

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