Our God Of Common Senses

Dictionaries have multiple definitions for both the word common and the word sense/senses. Together, they represent all of humanity, along with the animal functions of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste. Several years ago, Victoria participated in a women's retreat. The theme was "Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God." The scripture reference was Psalm 34:8, which has become a favorite of hers. She says of the retreat, "It changed my writing, and in several ways, it changed my thinking, my life. "Take a walk through Eden, as Eve makes a choice that changed lives forever. Sit on a grassy pond bank and watch the meandering of a small flock of sheep. Let your heart feel the love of a young, new mother holding her hours-old, tiny son. Feel the wind tearing through trees as Elijah hides from God in a cave. Smell the perfume. Hear the whispers of men as a woman dares to intrude and anoint the feet of Jesus. See their shock when he tells her, "Your sins are forgiven." Hear a child's long-awaited first, "I love you," to his mother--understand and feel her inexpressible joy. Walk with Victoria through experiences both biblical and personal, as she explores some of the ways God has used his gifts of senses to work in people--past, present, and for all of time to come. Come. Taste and see.

--Victoria Hicks

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