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Scent of Beauty
By Susan McGowen

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7)

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).
Thank you Jesus. Jesus came and told us that our hearts need not be troubled; where He is, that is where we belong. He has prepared mansions for us to live in, and if one mansion is unoccupied, one brother or sister is living in a condemned space. I grew up in New York City (Bronx) in the 90’s, condemned buildings were the norm. Buildings with worn frames, marginally standing, piles of dismantled debris within, stretched for blocks in some neighborhoods. Nonetheless, people lived in some of those buildings; countless men and women (squatters) called it their homes. I had this realization recently as I meditated on this word from the Holy Spirit; when I was a little girl, derelict buildings were not called condemned. Before I became a little cultured, the condemned buildings were simply called abandon buildings, which is the perfect descriptive word. Someone had stopped caring about each one of those buildings at some point in time, and it was painfully obvious.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man into our image and according to our likeness’ ” (Genesis1:26). Structural integrity assessments are done simultaneously as a building is being constructed; inspectors and contractors collaborate ultimately for the prosperity and well-being of the occupants. We are born in sin and shapen in iniquity (Psalm 51:5). Once these buildings are erected and the maintenance work stops, then the process of erosion begins. The external elements, that were fierce, and stronger, came against it and over time the loss of its integrity is seen. The truth is many of us in Christ couldn’t, and can’t, get over our childhood abuse. From conception, up until the actual birth, an adequate amount of supplies await a baby. There is a collaboration; in some cases a celebration (baby shower), with family and friends who come bearing gifts for the child’s initial care. Blankets, bottles, diapers, clothing, etc. are preparative actions solely for the baby’s advantage, welfare, health, and happiness. It is the parents’ responsibility to continue the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical conservation of that child. Often we hear the stories of parents telling their children, you should be grateful you had food to eat and a roof over your head. This generation’s dependence on the pharmaceutical industry’s method of care is evident in that the basic provisions are not subsequently enough.

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