Daily Grat: Wine

Today’s daily gratitude is wine.

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
— Benjamin Franklin

We’ve become fond of Yellow Tail’s Merlot, which can be had for a steal at Costco.

That’s where we get it, and we generally have a glass with dinner. It’s such a delish treat, and is such a nice and inexpensive wine choice. Especially on Wednesday nights, when I almost never have a meeting, it’s so great to have dinner and a glass. Tonight, it’s Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia and Broccoli. Yum.

Of course, alcohol is a substance that can definitely be abused, and that abuse causes some people great heartache in life. I’m very aware of friends who have an issue with it. So, moderation is an important thing, for sure.

But today’s Daily Grat is wine…gratitude for being able to enjoy it and trusting that, like Franklin said (and Jesus too, for that matter…) it can be a sign of God’s love for us.

(During this year, my goal is to find something new to be thankful for every single day, and to add that thanksgiving as a blog entry, under the title “My Daily Gratitude.” I started this kick back around Thanksgiving, and it’s already resulted in a favorite new song of mine. The goal of this ongoing spiritual exercise is to see if doing such a thing might inspire even more gratitude within me, and to foster general awareness of life on a deeper level.)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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