Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Harvest Blessing

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Before life turned him into a vintner, the Rev. John Staten taught academic theology. Nearly 40 years ago, he was my partner's adviser when she was an undergraduate. Now he annually offers a blessing of the harvest at his family's Field Stone Winery in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. This past weekend, we were privileged to join a group of Staten friends and fans for the annual celebration.

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The program for the gathering offered a text:

There is a reality in blessing. It doesn't enhance sacredness, but it acknowledges it, and there is power in that. I have felt it passing through me.

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead



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I found it easy in this setting to drift off into the beauty of the land.

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After song and reflection, we all shared grape juice so fresh it tasted alive.

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Katrina Staten chatted with her guests.

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The Alexander Valley was quiet and bountiful on Saturday afternoon.

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