Candles. Once an instrument of light now has become an instrument of scent. Now you can get a candle that smells almost like anything. The Christmas season is filled with scents. I wonder what the smell Jesus was like. He was in a barn where animals would be kept. The smell of hay mixed with manure leaves a lasting impression. We don’t usually see that in the manger scenes around town. It’s a clean Mary and Joseph and Jesus wrapped in a white cloth. Even the shepherds have this sterile appearance. Just know it was not a clean environment. Hay and manure. Take a deep whiff. That is is ministry. It is messy. It smells. We want sterile, clean with a little Christmas scent. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses. Well a verse I have to remember.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
Where things are sterile there are no people. Where there are people there is a stink. Sterile brings nothing. Messy brings abundant crops. You want relationships without the smell of hay and manure? They don’t exist. Enjoy the smell and let’s get things done. Sometimes we have to clean up each others mess.