Several months ago, I received an email from a pastor and friend whom we support in Cuba. (Thank you Hope for bringing people closer to Jesus all around the world.) In his elementary English, he wrote something which made me smile. (By the way, his English is light years ahead of my basically, non-existent Spanish.)
Dear pastor and friend Steve,
I write to say thank you, because the help you send us is Amazing in a critical time, we received detergent and toothpaste, it is glorious.
Every day by four time we think of you and pray, and we smell good thanks to you, we smell Grace.
Please say thank to all brothers, maybe they don’t understand so important is your help.
God keep blessing you. God bless you.
Your email was a great encouragement and made me smile.
“We smell grace.” I love this! The smell of God’s grace comes in so many ways as we love our neighbors, friends, family, and brothers and sisters in Christ. When I am with you in your home it smells to me like black beans, rice, and Cuban coffee. A smell of hospitality, friendship, and love.
May our Lord continue to provide for you and sustain you during these difficult times.
Blessings in abundance to you all. Press on!
The smell of grace! This was a brand new and wonderful-filled thought. In 2 Corinthians 2:15 we are taught, “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” What does the “aroma of Christ” smell like in this sin-filled world which is so full of decay and death? It smells like: a meal for the sick… coffee with a hurting friend… clean sheets… and cookies. It smells like those things which demonstrate kindness, generosity, and love.