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Scents and sounds of the season

 

I never cease to be amazed at the role of food in this season every year. The breads, candies, and all sorts of snack food are featured everywhere you go. Some of them just seem to reach out and grab you as you try to walk past them -- they look so appealing.

And if the looks don’t get you, the aroma will. Sometimes you find an area that seems to smell like cookies only to find it’s a scented candle. Those draw me near every time. I have to sniff all the fragrances and love to find one with the bayberry scent, my favorite Christmas aroma. They aren’t easy to find for some reason.

As a child I remember my favorite aroma came from navel oranges. Christmas was the only time we had them. Santa rode down Main Street and passed out those mesh stockings filled with hard candy, candy canes, and ribbon candy, assorted nuts still in the shell, one red delicious apple, and one navel orange. I would save that orange as long as I could just so I could smell it. And when I did eat the orange, I would keep some of the peels, they smelled so good. Strange the things that evoke memories.

And doesn’t the music draw you in during this season? Some of the classics will never grow old, certainly not the Christmas hymns. Music plays a special role in the Christmas season, more so than other times of the year. We, the choir, will sing one song for the special service on Christmas Eve. I love the practice as much as the singing. I remember what fun it was to take part in the Community Choir we used to have in La Vernia. We met at the Lutheran Church because that is where the director attended, but the choir members were from several other churches in the area. What fun we had! Fellowships were sweet and friendships were formed. And it all began out of love of music and the love of Christ.

Music and aromas, how long have they been part of life? I had to look in the concordance of my Bible to try and find the answer. The harp, a musical instrument, is first mentioned in Genesis 4. And aroma is first mentioned in Genesis 8. Many years later, in 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Paul speaks of both fragrance and aroma. He tells us, “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

Isn’t that great? Who knew we are a fragrance that God loves all year. And I’m pretty sure He loves the smell of navel oranges too.

Have a great week and give God the glory!

 
 
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