Over A Glass Of Wine

By: Martin Franzmann

O Giver of wine to make glad the heart of man,
O genial and generous Lord of Cana,
O Giver of wisdom and wit 
    and ease and laughter with our friends,
we thank You
for the winking beauty of this glass,
for this common humorous laughter
    at our too-brittle overseriousness,
for this shedding of pretense and pose
    in the loving raillery of cordial confidence.

Give us the grace to enjoy Your good gift
    without fear
    and without excess.
And give us courage to forgo it
    when we must, 
    when our own weakness
       or another's stumbling step
    makes giving up this good and wholesome gift
       something more precious
          than Your cordial wine.