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Post  Admin on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 2:36 pm

Fiber for the Soul: Aroma Therapy

by Gary Kallio 

I must admit that I have not had "Aroma Therapy"
treatment as a means of managing stress. There are
times however while photographing roses that I let the
aroma waft into my nose. I pause and smell the rose
before proceeding with a click of the shutter button.
There are other times when I recall the pleasant aroma
of a yellow rose.

Yes, there is something worthy about taking a moment to
smell roses. There is also something about walking into
a men's locker room after a sporting event. With the
hoopla of winning a game, one may actually overlook the
smell of victory. Another thing that carries a
lingering aroma is the smell of ozone at the beach
before a rainstorm. 

I am reading through the book of 2 Corinthians and in
the second chapter, found the thought that as
Christians, our lives carry a certain aroma. We are
being examined by the world around us, and our deeds
and actions show the aroma of Christ who loves us, and
through us show others how to live exuberantly and
victoriously. At the end of this particular chapter St
Paul says that our lives are an aroma to those who are
destined for eternity. To those who are destined for
everlasting destruction, our aroma is a rotten smell;
and for those destined for eternal life with Christ,
our aroma is sweet and refreshing like a newly opened
rose on a warm summer morning.

To carry this simile of a rose a bit further, it dawned
on me that tending a rose bush is hard work. To get a
beautiful long-stem rose, one must cut away small
shoots and water the ground correctly. It also takes
time and attention to keep pests away, and to prune in
just the right spots. The same thing happens with our
lives over a period of time.

In the sixth chapter of this book, I read how our lives
go through thin times and thick times. We may feel
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. We may be flat broke,
but because of joy we enrich others. We may be regarded
as one of society's unknowns, but are well known to
God. We may feel overworked and underpaid, yet our
patience and kindness speaks a good reputation.
Whenever God wants to do something in response to
prayer, he often works through those who have been down
the pot-holed roadways of life. To encourage people who
have never seen real Christianity at work, he displays
us along with our wrinkles, our scars, and our broken
lives. This demonstrates beyond question a sweet flavor
of faithfulness, one in which Christ uses our lives of
kindness and love as an Aroma Therapy to change our
corner of the world.

-- Gary Kallio, KallioG@aol.com
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