Peace in transit

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Peace in transitThe other day I opened the door to Jackie’s linen closet, and the fragrance of Tide, and Bounce, and Downy enveloped me in a cloud. The woman’s laundry smelled amazing. Sometimes I could smell her fabric softener out in the driveway on big laundry days. I made a mental note to check out what flavors she used and to duplicate them. I want my laundry to smell like Jackie’s.

Since she passed away, I’ve been wearing Hypnose, a perfume by Lancome. She wore it for years and it makes me feel close to her. Smell is such a powerful sense. The memories it evokes can stop me dead in my tracks.

Transitions like these can be brutal. Moving, divorce, death, job changes… all these things can feel like a slow drowning. But they don’t have to. God can help us during these times. And He wants to. We have only to ask.

Psalm 46:1 says He is our ever-present help in time of need. And if we seek Him, He will envelop us in His presence, like Jackie’s cloud of Tide and Downy. If we seek Him, He will whisper our names into the ears of those He can count on to listen and pray. If we seek Him, He will give us peace in transit.

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  1. All the time I was growing up, and then my children, if you opened Mom and Dad’s chest of drawers, there was a distinctive scent. We never thought about it much. Dad graduated in 1990. Mom did not change ANYTHING in that chest (or anything else, for that matter) until she followed him in 2001. We took a select number of items from that chest and placed them in an overnight case she always carried on vacation, which also had leftovers and it’s on scent. All these years later, we can open that case and there it is. And all the comfort and memories that go with it.

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