The prompt for Word Art Wednesday this week is Proverbs 27:9. While I was mediating on this I did what I often do to help understanding, I looked up the various translations, and they do differ. The first part is the same in most translations – the sweetness of perfume and how it gladdens the heart and soul. The second part varies from the above which is the King James Version to - Perfume and fragrant oils make you feel happier, but trouble shatters your peace of mind. Good News Bible. My favourite is from God’s Word - Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest.
Close friendship is so important to us, I once heard someone say, “Your friends are the family that you would have chosen.” True friends understand and accept you for what you are. They know you at your worst, they are stay your friend even when you act like a 10 year old, when your house is in a mess, and when you are in a mess. In a sense they are revealing God’s grace to us, and wherever God is, there is a sweet fragrance. An unconditional friendship is like the unconditional love of our Father, God. Their love surrounds us, protects us and feeds us. Indeed a fragrant forest!
The oil painting above, I did towards the end of last year, I have been waiting for an opportunity to use it with scripture and I feel that this scripture was made for it.
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