The Aroma of Hope

gift bag for Zophia
Surprising hope

Mark 14:9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

I once had the pleasure of sorting food donated for a local food pantry. Among the items donated was a gift bag, complete with tissue paper, inside was a single can of goose-liver pâté from an upscale gourmet shop.

“If they had purchased beans and rice, how many more people might we have fed?” someone had asked.

“What are we supposed to do with this?” another person said setting it apart from the items that would be shelved. “We can’t put it beside the Spam.”

We discussed several hypotheses: Did the donor intend to bring a little sunshine into someone’s life? Or, was the food pantry a means of disposing a gift that the donor did not appreciate?

Even if the donor saw the food pantry as a means of disposing an unwanted treat, I like the idea that the gift wrapped pâté might bring an unexpected ray of hope into someone’s life. While beans and rice might be enough to sustain life, God gives us grace with flavors and aromas that inspire hope for tomorrow.

When did the taste of hope fill your palate?

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