All of us experience our world through our senses and one of the most powerful of these is our sense of smell. How many times have you thought, “this smells like Grandma’s kitchen” when walking by Cinnabon in the mall or “this smells just like rain” on a humid day? We all know what a dental office smells like and also the whiff one gets when driving up the hill by the dump.
Do we all recognize a common “Christmas smell?” Those in charge of enticing us into stores sure think so. Mulling spices, scented candles, peppermint, hot chocolate, evergreen all waft through the air tempting us to come in. All of these odors (real and chemically induced) are associated with personal experiences in our life that we relate to.
Are we as skilled at recognizing the “fragrance of Jesus”—the One we celebrate this time of year? Maybe not so much. 2 Cor 2:15-16 describes that odor, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” Our deep desire should be that we would give off the aroma of Jesus—the “fragrance of life” not only at Christmas but all through the year.
Judy Morgan, elder