heaven scent…

Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child has been born, sweet-breathed, a son is give to us: a living gift.  And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great.  The power of leadership and the weight of authority will rest on His shoulders.  His name?  His name we’ll know in many ways – He will be called Wonderful Counselor, wise beyond belief, the Great God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never failing, Master of wholeness, SarShalom (which means “Prince of peace”).  ~Isaiah 9:6 (the Voice)

Breathe it in.  That’s right, the smell of the stable.  Take a deep breath.  The aroma of damp straw that lined the manger, the smell of horseflesh mingled with droppings from every animal that called the stable its home.  The cool night air.  The perspiration.  The anticipation of what was about to unfold.  The mystery of it all.

There, in the middle of all of that, in the center of the ‘mess’, Love was born.

Let the fragrance fill you.  Let it consume you.

The scent of love.

Can you smell it?  Let it fill your nostrils.  You can almost taste it, can’t you?

Love.  Acceptance.  Forgiveness.  Joy.  Peace.  Hope.

Breathe deeply.  Let the fragrance fill you.  Let it consume you.

There, in the middle of your own mess, love is.  In the center of your doubt, your worry, your fear, your insecurity, your hurt, your pain…Love is there!  Breathe deeply.   Let the Fragrance fill you.  Let Love consume you.

“When we allow God to be exalted in our difficulties we are in the perfect place to smell the fragrance of His Presence.” – A.W. Tozer

the fragrance of His Presence…Unending love. Unconditional acceptance. Infinite forgiveness. Immeasurable joy. Everlasting peace.  Undeniable hope.

My friends, When Love was Born , because Love was born, we are able to enter into a life-long, fragrance of God filled journey with our Savior, that truly fulfills our hopes and dreams.  And that, dear ones, is heaven’s scent.

grace.

(click on the link to enjoy the song ‘When Love was Born’ by Mark Shultz)

 

 

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