Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Co.
Location: New Glarus, WI
Style: Pale Ale ABV: 5.0%
Contributed By: David Baylor (Thanks David! and also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!)
Our second feature of a beer from New Glarus Brewing Co. is one that doesn’t try to add more than it needs to in order to be flashy. It simply is real, and as the bottle tells us “In Wisconsin, you don’t have to be extreme to be real”!
Moon Man is pretty solid through and through when it comes to pale ales. It has a nice malt backbone and not too over the top with the hops. New Glarus just started canning Moon Man earlier this year which makes a ‘must have’ for tailgates, parties, just about any occasion.
Advent Reflection: Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent. Here is a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. “Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now are for ever. Amen”
The Glorious Mystery of Christmas
Christmas Day is often referred to as the Feast of the Incarnation. It commemorates the most consequential event in human history, the celebration of “God with us!” One would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful story in the whole of global literature. Yet the strange sequence of events that culminate in Christ’s birth leave us dumbfounded: a virgin mother; angelic appearances; the King of Glory born amidst animals in a barn; a miraculous star that guides the Magi to the Christ child. The glorious mystery of Christmas is that the birth of Christ unites humanity and divinity, turning the world as we understand it upside down. Author Beth Bevis states, “The early church theologians stressed that the Incarnation should not be seen as condescension, as the “descent” of God to man, but as the lifting up of humanity into the divine life.”
Matthew 1: 18-19
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
The young woman appears to be fretting over something. Mary, contemplating how her future husband will receive her—a young pregnant woman with someone else’s child? How to convince Joseph of the truth of her child’s parentage? What will happen to her if he doesn’t believe her? Even with God’s child inside her, she remains a vulnerable young woman with few rights and little power.
We do not know whether Mary tried to convince Joseph of the truth or, upon realizing he’d never believe her, kept quiet. Perhaps After the Announcement depicts Mary contemplating her plight after revealing her pregnancy to Joseph and enduring their first argument (two empty seats with a broken plant between them). The ropes hang ominously in the background, signaling desperation.
What we do know is that Joseph, upon finding out that Mary is with child, first relies on his own judgment. He decides to divorce Mary quietly so not to shame her. Later, after an angel of the Lord tells him to take Mary as his wife because the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Joseph obeys (Matthew 1: 20-24).
When I face a crisis, asking God for guidance is not my first instinct. Rather than going to the Lord, I review all possible scenarios, planning out my strategy like a war room. I never know whether my best-laid plans will work—but God allows us the freedom to make those decisions. Despite not being the best solution, Joseph’s plan revealed his mercy and compassion. What do our plans reveal about us?
Rather than feeling shame and guilt for not going to God first, I can rest assured that my decisions—however imperfect—can reflect God’s work in me. More importantly, God is ultimately in control, often accomplishing things beyond our comprehension.
-Taken from the Advent Project by Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts