Beer Advent Day 14: Lo-Gii

lo-gii-wit

Brewery:  Milwaukee Brewing Co.

Location:  Milwaukee, WI

Style:  Wit   ABV: 4.8%

Contributed By:  Bobby Salb  (Thanks Bobby!)

Lo-Gii is the younger sibling of Milwaukee Brewing Co.’s  O-Gii Wit (an Imperial wit infused with Rishi Tea, a Milwaukee based Tea company).

Lo-Gii is extremely sessionable, full flavored and only coming in at 4.8 % ABV where it’s older counterpart comes in at 9.2%.  Traditional orange peel and coriander meld with fresh cut ginger, finishing with an infusion of Rishi green tea for a vibrant taste unlike any other.

As you crack open the Lo-Gii can and pour it into your glass, marvel at the creative process of fusing tea and beer!  Cheers.

Advent ReflectionLuke 1: 39 – 45
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

The Visitation
by Malcolm Guite

Here is a meeting made of hidden joys
Of lightenings cloistered in a narrow place
From quiet hearts the sudden flame of praise
And in the womb the quickening kick of grace.

Two women on the very edge of things
Unnoticed and unknown to men of power
But in their flesh the hidden Spirit sings
And in their lives the buds of blessing flower.

And Mary stands with all we call ‘too young’,
Elizabeth with all called ‘past their prime’
They sing today for all the great unsung
Women who turned eternity to time
Favoured of heaven, outcast on the earth
Prophets who bring the best in us to birth.

BLOOD AND MILK
Mary is the most blessed of women, mother of God, the highly-favored one. But there is another woman in the Bible named “most blessed of women,” and that is Jael, whose story is found in the book of Judges.

When Sisera, the commander of the forces of Israel’s enemies, fled a losing battle, Jael went out to meet him and urged him to hide in her tent. When he did, she fed him milk, had him lie down, and covered him up.

Then, once he was asleep, she took a mallet and drove a tent-peg through his temple, nailing his head to the ground.

Jael’s story intersects with the story of another well-known woman: Deborah the prophetess, who sang of Jael:

Most blessed of women be Jael…
she struck Sisera;
she crushed his head;
she shattered and pierced his temple.
…So may all your enemies perish, O Lord!

Deborah sang a paean of praise to God for the victory he wrought through Jael: an unlikely victory using an unlikely weapon. Many long centuries later, Elizabeth would sing another song of praise to the Lord upon seeing his triumphant use of another unlikely woman: the young, unwed, ordinary Mary.

Jael welcomed her enemy into her home; Mary welcomed her Lord into her womb. Jael killed her enemy with the bloody thrust of a tent-peg; Mary brought her Lord to birth with the bloody pangs of labor. Jael lulled her enemy to sleep with warm milk; Mary nurtured the Son of God with the milk of her own body.

This, then, is what it is to be blessed: it is to be found ready to obey God with whatever we have at hand. It is to be a tool ready-on-hand for our Lord if ever he wants to use us, and to be used by him; whether he wants to use us to destroy or whether he wants to use us to build up.

 

 

Believe, then. And wait, this Advent, to see the work of the Lord.

Prayer
Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

(From The Book of Common Prayer)

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