Anyone who has wakened Christmas morning to the heavy aroma of turkey roasting cannot forget it. How early would our moms be downstairs stuffing that bird and getting it into the oven to be ready for dinner at noon while the rest of the family slept in warm beds?
We associate fragrances with foods, special occasions, people, growing things. The scent of candles burning and evergreen boughs on Christmas Eve stir memories of worshipping together on that special night when the love of God and family was tangible.
A fragrance is an unseen something around us that we become aware of. We detect it. It affects us. We choose to be attracted or repelled. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says believers in Christ diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge. Verses 15 and 16 explain that to one desiring Truth, a Christian is "the aroma of life leading to life." (NKJV)
Negative words concerning the environment, politics, health concerns, finances, relationships - all of these abound. Ones who absorb the positive influence of God's Word can release a positive fragrance, the fragrance of hope. God is not perplexed over any condition that troubles mankind. He speaks, "Shalom", a term with a wealth of meaning and a delightful fragrance. It speaks of well-being in every sense - physical, emotional, spiritual.
The turkey at Christmas, the rose in summer - some fragrances are tied to a season. Our words have power to entice and encourage at any time of year. We can bless and be blessed by their fragrance.
Photo courtesy of Eleanor Joy McDonald