Saturday, June 1, 2013

FRAGRANT CONNECTIONS

     What fragrance entices you? Not, I suspect, the pungent aroma emitted by those furry black critters with the white stripe during the first spring nights mild enough to leave the bedroom windows open. But sweet ones like that of the Lily-of-the-valley have treasured connections.

     Even in her nineties, when the Lily-of-the-valley bloomed by the walk, Mom picked a few stems on her way to the car. Especially if they were a bit wet after a shower she loved to flick them under my nose as we drove to Alma for lunch. When Pat brought a plate of "Mrs. Waind's special chicken" to her place, Mom would hand the sweet stems over to her server/friend to enjoy.

     Bouquets of fresh lilacs graced each window in the church at Hanna and Steve's wedding. Bushes loaded with lilac blooms line the hiking trails and roadsides just now. Along the river banks the breeze carries the perfume of Dame's Rocket and Honeysuckle.

     The distinct smell of wet sand, laundry dried in the sunshine, burgers on the barbecue, bread fresh from the oven... these and many others trigger associations.

     In 1881 Charles W. Fry wrote of the Lord Jesus, "He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star. He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul." The Apostle Paul said followers of Christ spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. (2 Corinthians 2:14 NIV) The response of the person touched by association with the believer determines whether the fragrance attracts or repels. I want my life to give off a fragrance that draws others to Christ, not a scent that sends them running like those unwelcome visitors that have us jumping out of bed to shut the windows on a warm night.

8 comments:

  1. Pat will be thrilled when she reads this story.
    She is having a few health issues from what Doris has said,
    So I am sure this will cheer her up.
    Shirley

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    1. We were sorry when Pat and Mike moved from Ontario. Our loss was Vancouver Island's gain.

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  2. Mary, what a delightful bouquet you give here! Lily of the valley was one of my late mom's favourite's too.
    The house we're in now has a row of them -- most still in bloom, just behind our patio swing. ~~+~~

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  3. What a good reminder that, when I grumble, I'm nothing but a stinkweed! It's so much better to be a lily of the valley or lilac that people will enjoy, not avoid.

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    1. Mary Lou, you never resemble a stinkweed, not even remotely, my friend.

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  4. Lovely scented post, Mary! We are walking in the fragrance of wild roses these days. I love it!

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    1. We are too, Violet. The sweet briar under the dining room window is just coming into bloom. Love them!

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  5. Love this reminder to "check" our fragrance! And I love how the true fragrance of Christ is one I'm not allergic to :)

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