Savoring the season

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2 Corinthians 2:14 NMB thanks be to God, who always gives us the victory in Christ, and opens the savor of the knowledge of him by us in every place.

Have you ever savored a smell, taste, or experience? Not just enjoyed but delighted in and wanted to dwell in for far longer than it remained on your tongue, in your thoughts, or in your arms (think about active grandbabies who’ve just learned to walk).

Have you ever considered setting aside time this Christmas season to savor? Those tastes, smells, and experiences only associated with celebrating our Savior’s birth. Not just to delight in the memories they evoke but to dwell in the meaning they could represent.

We can savor such things as:

Evergreen tree scents reminding us of a new life found in our Christ.

Cakes, cookies, and candies displaying to us the sweetness of salvation from our Christ.

Stars and snowflakes pointing us to the purity of forgiveness purchased by our Christ.

Friends and family demonstrating to us our redemption through Christ.

Gifts and garland exhibiting to us the grace given in our Christ.

And…if you’ve thought of other things to savor this season, please share them with the rest of us in the comments below. Thank you!

We are given opportunity to stop and see there’s so much more of this day to be savored as it leads us closer to the birth of our Christ.

Stopping to savor can help us to be wise men (and women) in considering what we are searching for in life today. Savoring can strengthen us in our journey to follow our Christ closely as stars shining brightly for His glory and the good of His people (see Daniel 12:3). Savoring can map out worship of our Christ for leading us to His birth in a manger then and anew in our hearts today.

With all of this in mind, let us then consider how we can be a savor of Christ unto others today by choosing grace in giving and forgiving as He has done for us, for the now and the not-yet.

2 Corinthians 2:15a GNV For we are unto God the sweet savor of Christ

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written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2022

Published by Beth Madison

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