In the days of Prohibition’s tyranny
Christian celebration suffered mightily.
Fourteen years of wilderness wandering
The damage done to generations, no telling
Wineskins bursting with Welch’s imposter
Tooth decay and apostasy fostered
True Israel saw a wet Jordan from afar
While dry pietists, true religion did mar
O glorious day when wine flowed again!
Coming to the Table was no longer “sin.”
“Christmas is coming!” the saints of God cried,
While the elect of God, grace imbibed
For what is Christmas without fruit of the vine?
Grapes and yeast ineffably divine!
Or the yuletide labors of trappist monks?
Barley, yeast, pungent hops!
Man a receiver of so great a gift
The Incarnate God repairing the rift
A torn veil mending a tattered Creation
Restoring glory and celebration
To Christian men with Christmas cheer
The libations flow as God draws near
Through malted goodness in glass and goblet
The pagan and secularist could not know it
One conjuring spirits and friendlier gods
To improve his brew and bring him laud
The other dismissing the Grand Winemaker
As a fraud or fantasy or even a faker
Foolishly thinking that yeast acts alone
As a pure mechanism, as worker, a drone
When in fact it is an actor on the stage
Given by God, written upon the page
So drink up dear Saints in celebration
Of the Word in His Incarnation
Despise not the world made by our King
Enjoy it with manly thanksgiving
Triune love spilling over to men
The Son with his eye upon creation
Speaking weighty words though only few,
“Behold I am making all things new.”