After the great flood the ground dried and Noah and his family began to work the land. Noah drank some wine from a vineyard he had planted and he became drunk. In his drunkenness, his son Ham disrespected him. Noah then cursed Ham’s son, Canaan. “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.” One grandson was cursed and two sons benefitted but the account does not give much more detail than that. Sometimes stories like these help us, centuries later, to get a feel for the grittiness of life and offer some hope in our messed up situations too. Although Shem and Japheth profited, Noah says it is the Lord who is to be blessed.