What smells come to mind when you think about Christmas?
The smells we equate with Christmas are often those of baking and Christmas trees.
But what are the more subtle smells?
The smells of hope?
The smells of promise?
The smells of a baby born who calls us to love our God, our neighbor, and our selves?
This Advent, as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child, take a deep breath.
Take in the smells of the season.
Loving God, in our busy and thing-filled world,
you call us to be patient.
You invite us to trust in you.
Strengthen us, we pray,
to hear your still speaking voice,
to be on the lookout for your quiet presence in our midst,
and to respond to your call in our daily living.