Advent Day 8: The Smell of Hope

Then Mary took a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. – John 12:3 (NIV)

Science tells us that the sense of smell is our most powerful conveyance into the past. The scent of warm bread or freshly mown grass can send us immediately back to a place and time that seem real enough to touch. The fragrance of Christmas especially retrieves memories, both sweet and painful, which surface to be met in the present and enhance or hinder our future.

When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume, the sweet smell of her sacrifice would soon remind them of the sting of His sacrifice, as the same oils would be used to prepare His body for burial.  The same scent would again drive out the stench of death and usher in our hope of a glorious eternity with the risen Lord. So, take a deep breath and fill your life with the fragrance of hope – Jesus.

Today’s Gift

 Engage your sense of smell today to help you experience a wonderful Christmas memory. For me, it is the sweet smell of homemade caramels boiling on the stove that became gifts for family far from home. What is it for you: evergreen, peppermint, ancient paper that wrapped family ornaments? Make time to find the aroma of Christmas that will warm your heart in a special way. Add the experience to your Blessing Journal.

Sue Breland, Worship For One: Advent Emmanuel ©

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