Monday, March 7, 2011

The Smell of Rain (Multitudes on Mondays)

Yesterday I went for a run, winding my way through patches of warm and cold air, through the sludge of melting snow and muddy sidewalk, as the sky was dappled different shades of grey and white. I thought to myself, this air smells so good.

I'm thankful for the smells of things that make memories in our hearts - baking bread, English wind, just-made guacamole, clothes hot from the dryer, air before rain, roses, peonies, chlorine in your hair from swimming, ocean.

The discipline is the ache of praise:

6. Thank You for Letters to a Young Poet in my broken sounded out Italian
7. Thank You for cappuccino in CaffĂ© di Siena
8. for the smell of rain and spring air
9. for the cup of good strong tea
10. for the time to sit at the messy kitchen table and talk about parents and children and life with Mom & Dad.

May this day, each moment, fill you with the ache to praise, the ache of praise. May peace blossom in your heart from the One who is our peace. 


For Quiet Confidence (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer)

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


  1. Hilary,
    A beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. I love smells too! Your words help to paint my day lovely.


  2. Kara - thank you so much! Your comment made my whole afternoon - it is good to connect with this wonderful community of giving thanks!


  3. This was thought-provoking, Hilary! Thanks.
    Also wanted to ask when--and where--you have smelled English wind?

  4. Hello Betsy! English wind has been a part of my whole growing up. My father is English (from Devonshire) and I've been to England probably 10 times - and there is nothing like the wind on those moors in Devon. The last time I smelled it was last March. It's one of the most refreshing things, isn't it?

  5. I came over from Ann’s. I can still comment on Multitude Monday lists on Saturday right? :)

    First – the name of your blog – I remember that song :) Unless you’re too young for the schoolhouse rock song :) And today this was my fave from your list: ~ 9. for the cup of good strong tea (with all the coffee out there – it’s nice to know I’m not the lone tea drinker – although, unlike you, I never drink coffee.) {smile}

    I was blessed by this today. Thank you.

    May God watch over and guide you and all of yours.

  6. Thank you, Craig! Yes, cups of tea are wonderful - my dad is British and so tea is an integral part of my daily routine. And YES! The title of the blog is from the Schoolhouse Rock song (I grew up on it!).

    Thank you so much for visiting. I hope I get to see you here again soon!

  7. I loved your post today! Especially the part about the messy kitchen! And thank you for the prayer at the end. Oh, that I would learn to be still. . . .!!!!


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