When was the last time you were warmly, eagerly welcomed? Maybe it was a friend’s home, or a new workplace, or a special event. Maybe they threw open the door and embraced you, ushering you in with a genuine sense of care and honor.
Welcoming is a beautiful expression of the Christian faith.
“Your house smells weird!” He dramatically shook his head and crinkled his nose.
I agreed. “Yea, it smells different than yours, huh?”
I didn’t rush to open a window or light a candle. He was right. My place doesn’t smell like his. In fact it’s so different, it must be “weird” to his eight-year old nose.
As I’ve lived and worked among various cultures, I have come to recognize the unique smell of each; we all tend to cook certain types of foods, use certain cleaning products, prefer certain fragrances over others, etc. It’s obvious. And, it’s apparent even to the children. [Read more…]