Thursday, December 10, 2015


In 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, we read: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.”

Christmas baking. Excitement zipped through her. Just the thought of helping Grandmother brought a smile to her face. She especially enjoyed rolling out and cutting the cookies, then decorating them with icing.

She ran up the steps, across the back porch and into the kitchen. She stood still and with eyes closed, inhaled deeply. Aromas of cinnamon, gloves, vanilla, peppermint...must be what Heaven smells like, she thought.

“Come on, dumpling,” Grandmother said, a smile in her voice. “We’ve a lot of work to do, but happy work.”

Work was in full swing when Grandfather walked into the kitchen. He didn’t mind the floured hands that snaked around his neck, giving him a big hug.

“Ummm, Cing,” he said. “You smell like a snickerdoodle, my favorite.” 

She giggled, then went back to her work, happy work with Grandmother. They would have plenty of cookies to share with neighbors and friends.

We share the aroma of our lives. As the Lord Jesus lives through us, his sweet smelling aroma of love penetrates, touching others around us. A sweet perfume to those that love or will love Him but the stench of death to those that reject Him.

Kingdom Thinking. The Lord Jesus came at the darkest time in history to bring Light and Hope. He, the Son of God, chose to be born in a lowly stable with rumors flying about his birth. He understands our pain and disappointment and offers His everlasting love. He, forsaken at the cross, promises never to leave nor forsake us. He offers His sweet-smelling balm to you. Won’t you come to Him.