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August 06, 2006



May I provide a slight variation on your version?

I seem to deal with people who have suffered loss, transition and are in some stage of recovery on a regular basis. It's part of the fragrance I carry.

When we go through experiences, the fragrance of the circumstances add aroma to our lives. We become ‘seasoned’ with a wide variety of fragrances that add to the sum total of the fragrance we carry. We identify the emotional fragrances with experiences. Similar to a Thanksgiving dinner, (or a beating out behind the outhouse) it takes us to a place in time and we relive the experiences, whether joyful, or traumatic. The 'fragrance' of the experience triggers the emotional bank of the arsenal of our memories.

The fragrance is so profound and identifiable that we can detect it on someone else who is going through similar circumstances. It becomes a point of connection between them and us – a bridge if you will - that God provides for us the ability to identify with them. A common ground is established having gone through similar circumstances.

Not only can we can speak with compassion, but also actually move into the deeper place of empathy with them. Depending on our level of maturity, and where we are emotionally and spiritually, we identify with them and rail at the unfortunate circumstances, and angrily vent our outrage at whoever ‘they’ are that caused the hurt - at times even blaming God.

But alternatively we can comfort them with the same comfort that we have been comforted with as Paul suggests in 2 Cor. 1:4 ‘(It is God) who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.’

Our experiences, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost that we share, becomes the bridge that shortens their journey across their river of transition aiding them on their road of recovery.

So I wholeheartedly agree that we all stink - some of the fragrance of death death and some of life!

So here's to all of our fragrances being sweetened with His presence in our lives.

Keep up the good work!

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