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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
TITLE: The Scent Of A Child
By Angie Wolf
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Mothers of small children are well-acquainted with odors. Letís face it, kids can and do stink. Given a choice, most women would rather take motherhood without smelly children attached, but parenting is a mixed bag of joy, pain, sorrow, and last but not least, stinkiness. Handling the latter sensory challenge wouldnít be so difficult if kidsí odors werenít so pungent, but they are. Phew!
In the infant years, a mother, sometimes a father, but most often a mother, must deal with the odors of undigested formula and overly digested meals that are released from the other end of angelic looking creatures that no one would ever think could smell so bad.
The world is full of odors:
Pan grilled hamburgers with onions
Freshly washed and sun kissed linen on a breezy spring day
Perfume counters at high end department stores
Chewing tobacco in the mouths of men and women
Easter lilies at the church altar
Hot tar just poured by road crews
In my opinion, these are pleasant sensory experiences completely unlike those of a child who has not yet gained control of his or her bodily functions.
The new and inexperienced parent may think that once her child is out of diapers that the duel with the faceless enemy of odor has ended, but little does she know that it has just begun.
When children enter the tween and shortly afterwards the teen years, their odors can take on a whole new twist especially with hormonal activity thrown into the mix.
Thank God for the accessibility of over the counter solids and aerosols that deodorize the air with fake yet fragrant fruit and floral scents.
There is, however, another smell much worse than that of the excretions of a newborn or a hormonally changing child. Itís the smell of sin. The stench of sin canít be covered with sachet, incense, or disinfectant. It is pervasive. It is penetrating. And it can produce death.
As a Christian, I desire to be ďa sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God,Ē as Paul in Philippians 4:18 in the New King James Version of the Holy Bible describes. But too many times it seems that I miss the mark and end up needing, what I call omnipotent odor elimination which only God can provide, not in the form of a deodorant or antiperspirant, but with the cleansing and disinfecting power of His love.
We love our offspring no matter how old they get or how bad they smell at times, but our love for them canít compare to the love our heavenly Father has for His children. The love of God is pure, simple, and undefiled. It smells good. I want that ďaroma,Ē not just for me but for my children, their children, their childrenís children, and mankind.
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