March 2024


We sat at a high top in the corner of our favorite little French crepe shop. The room was noisy with patrons of all shapes and sizes, and it was filled with the aromas of coffee, toasted sugar and spices. We smiled across the table at each other, sharing without words our delight in this small eddying pool of human expression.

As my eyes wandered the room, I saw in the far corner a young family of four. They were also obviously enjoying themselves. The youthful mother sat next to an infant carrier, soaking in the wonder of her baby. The burly father sat opposite them with a toddler who was standing in the booth and leaning on the big man’s arm. It was the father’s face that caught my attention, though, as he gave his attention to his own dear ones. He fairly beamed with love and joy. His unruly hair and lavish beard, along with dimpled and rosy cheeks brought to mind a youthful Father Christmas. I was smitten. The waves of happiness emanating from their little circle of love were almost palpable.

Our food came, and we focused on our waitress while the table was being arranged with our comestibles. When next I looked, the bright young family was gone. I was strangely bereft, as though the light had dimmed, but I knew that I would carry that sweet picture and the warmth of it for a long time to come.

We don’t always know the impact we have on the world around us. And we ought to remember that not every encounter is intentional on our part. Do we represent the love of Christ and His person, even when unaware? I believe we can, and we do. It is the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14 AMP)

Lord, Jesus Christ, draw us ever closer to the true knowledge of you. May it be your nature and character that are evident in our lives. You, who extend mercy and forgiveness and grace to the glory of the Father, are our very life. The kind intention of your will toward us motivates our intention toward others, and so that we may thrive in selflessness. Keep us close, Lord, and captivate our hearts with your beauty. Amen.

Until next week beloved, learn of Him and let His fragrance permeate your life.

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