Sunday before last, someone sitting close wore cologne that irritated a tickle in my throat. In these first months of my unintentional retirement from parish ministry, I have moments of missing the refuge of the chancel, where we have become allergy-sensitive, even ordering stamen-free Easter lilies.
When Zechariah saw the angel, he was startled and overcome with fear. (Luke 1:12, CEB)
Holy One, may the fragrance of Your presence never cease to startle and overcome us. Amen.
I’m reading and blogging about Luke for Lent. Want to read along? I’m using the Common English Bible; tomorrow I’ll be reading Luke 1:26-56. Full schedule can be found here.