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Something to think and pray about this week
Take a moment to think of the unique smell of each of these:
- The ocean
- Clean laundry
- A Christmas tree
- Fast-food French fries
How easy was it to recall them? Probably not too hard. In fact, as you reflected upon these individual smells, you may have found other memories coming to mind: the feel of waves against your feet, or the warm air of your laundry room, or a holiday ornament you always put in a place of honor near the top of the Christmas tree, or the brown plastic trays of your local McDonald’s.
Smell is often called our most evocative sense. The brain’s olfactory cortex, where smells are processed, is situated in the part of the brain where emotional memories are stored. Maybe that’s why smell can seem like a hand reaching out of your childhood, pulling you back into an experience you haven’t thought about in years. It’s a powerful connection to our past.
But an awareness of smells can also illuminate our present. It can help us live more mindfully and gratefully. It can help us recognize that God’s goodness saturates the world, in scents that are both obvious and subtle.
Excerpted from Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses by Ginny Kubitz Moyer