Beer Advent Day 20: Honey Kolsch

honey-kolsch

Brewery:  Rogue Ales & Spirits

Location: Newport, OR

Style: Kolsch  ABV: 5.0%

Contributed By:  Greg Miller  (Thanks Greg!)

Dare-Risk-Dream…This is the statement that is posted on each bottle of Rogue Ale.  Rogue was founded in 1987 by like-minded ‘Rogues’ in the Pacific Northwest.  You may ask:  What is a Rogue?  And to answer your question…read the below description from Rogue Ales.

THE ROGUE WAY

RULE #1

Listen generously.

RULE #2

Speak straight.

RULE #3

Be there for each other.

RULE #4

Honor commitments.

RULE #5

Give acknowledgement/appreciation.

*If that is what it means to be ‘Rogue’ then I hope that each of us participants of Beer Advent 414 will embrace the title of ‘Rogue’.

Cheers to this interesting brew from the Pacific Northwest!

Advent ReflectionLuke 2:1-5
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,who was with child.

JOURNEY OF RETURNING
Joseph and Mary were obedient to Rome in traveling 90 miles to  return to Bethlehem, the city of David, as prophesied in Micah, to register for the census.  As you watch and listen to the video, I invite you to imagine their journey.  The terrain was not easy and the winter was cold, possibly 30 degrees during the day and wet, rainy, uncomfortable and freezing as they tried to find shelter at night.  Can you imagine traveling 90 miles on foot?  And on top of that, Mary was very pregnant, carrying our Savior, the baby Jesus.  With Joseph by her side, she probably rode on a donkey for more than a week.  It had to have been challenging for her, balancing on the donkey with birth pains, not knowing when she might go into labor.  I wonder what worries filled Joseph’s mind, would they find shelter that night, or what if she goes into labor while on the side of the road, or would they run into wild animals in the forested areas of the Jordan River?  Their journey of returning, was filled with hardships and dangers as they persevered.

Our journeys, can also have invitations to “return,” possibly to our places of origin, our family homes and traditions, or “kinds” of adoptions for those of us that have many unknowns in our lives.  It seems so easy to breeze through this passage in the birth of Christ narrative and miss the actual journey… I find myself struck by Joseph and Mary’s journey to return to the place from which they came–with its culture, heritage and family history.  It is significant that they returned to Bethlehem, the city of David. It reminds me that where we come from matters. God has placed me on a journey, one of more fully understanding my Japanese-American history and the pilgrimage my loyal, hard-working, and strong-enduring family members lived followed WWII.  Knowing their stories of perseverance, silent-long-suffering, sacrifice, love and resiliency has influenced and formed parts of who I am today.

Our stories matter.  Our history matters. They are the beautiful, joyous and painful pieces of who we are and where we come from.  As we return to these stories, we may come to understand more fully, what has been passed down and inherited: wisdom, traditions, work ethic, what makes us comfortable or not, generational sin, oppression and journeys of freedom.  As we come to understand how these things have formed and impacted us and how we interact with one another, we can see how we are influenced by our his-tory.  Essentially, God’s Story, lived out in us… His-story, is what he has done and is doing in our lives. During this time of year, I invite you to remember or discover more of your history and how that has equipped you for His calling.  Who we are and where we come from is a part of what makes us uniquely, beautifully and wonderfully made in His image.

-Taken from ‘The Advent Project’ Center for Christianity, Culture, & Art (Biola Univ.)

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