Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Four Cups of Wine

We will drink the first of four cups of wine
And give up control
To the wine, to the story, to God.
We are in Mitzrayim, the narrow place, 
And God says to us:
I Shall Take You Out,
I Shall Rescue You,
I Shall Redeem You,
I Shall Take You to Me.

Sanctify the day with the First Cup.
I Shall Take You Out, sez God,
From the burdens of Egypt.
That's nice.  But what about 
The burdens of now?
War, sex slavery, exploitation, inequality,
Not much changes.
We better get out from under,
Resist the oppressor
And make our own places free.
So drink from the Cup of Sanctification.
The fruit of our hopes and prayers.

Tell the Story of a People's Creation with the Second Cup.
I Shall Rescue You, sez God,
From someone else's definition 
Of you are, of what you can be.
Inspired by God, we free ourselves.
Moses or Abraham Lincoln or Betty Friedan
Freedom is not something we can be given
Freedom is something we must create.
So drink from the Cup of Deliverance
The fruit of our arduous journey.

Thank the chain of work that created the Seder meal with the Third Cup.
I Shall Redeem You, sez God
With an outstretched arm
Scattering the seeds
To the earth to the vineyard to the farmworker  to the winemaker to the bottle to the grocer,
All for this glass of wine.
Redemption is hard work,
Forgivenss requires self awareness,
Teshuvah ain't for babies.
So drink from the Cup of Redemption
The fruit of our many labors.

Praise God's Awesome Glory with the Fourth Cup.
I Shall Take You to Me, sez God
For a people
And be your God
In eternal covenant.
Gosh, can I get a job description first?
Commitment to obligation
Requires freedom to choose
And freedom to disobey.
So drink from the Cup of Restoration
The fruit of our Holy Connection

God says to us:
I Shall Take You Out.
I Shall Rescue You.
I Shall Redeem You.
I Shall Take You to Me.


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