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The national discourse does not currently inspire much hope. Hope is to be found in the values espoused by such passages as Ephesians 5:1-14, today’s Lenten text. If one is patient enough to sift the ancient language and thought forms, one discovers some evocative phrases.

For example, the exhortations to live as “a fragrant offering” and as “children of light.” These call to the fore some senses that are often secondary to the way we habitually process thought, but now the senses of sight and smell become primary as we imagine our way through the confusion and cacophony of the claims of contemporary life.

How might followers of the Way sniff their way through the multiplicity of aromas and stink of daily life. Even more, how might they allow the all subsuming aroma of self-giving to the greater vision of God’s all-consuming love to affect daily conversation and action?

How might followers of the Way reveal themselves as offspring of Light in the dark corners of our community conversation?