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1. a distinctive usually pleasant smell, esp of spices, wines, and plants
2. a subtle pervasive quality or atmosphere
[via Latin from Greek: spice]
Of all our our senses, smell is the most connected to memory.
Even now, when I stand next to a woman in line at the grocery store wearing White Shoulders perfume, I miss my Aunt Patty.
When I smell leaves burning, I am transported back to high school and it is suddenly football season and my friends and I are walking to the game after having a burger at the A & W.
When I smell cinnamon, I think of canning applesauce with my friend Carmen the one fall we used to much of the spice and the entire house smelled of it.
And I will forever associate Lilly of the Valley with my mom. I can’t even remember why. I don’t know if her Avon perfume smelled like that or she grew them in her flower garden.
Smells have a strength that creates lasting memories.
In my Bible this morning, I came across this:
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
Are we spreading His fragrance? Does the ‘smell’ we emit to others match His?
Unfortunately, many times I know my actions downright stink. And they don’t always reflect Christ. Oh yes, maybe I hold it together when the dry cleaners ruin my favorite sweater, but when one of my kids or the husband ticks me off?
If we are to spread the fragrance of knowledge of Him EVERYWHERE, that means even in our homes.
And our cubicles.
And at the intersection when someone cuts us off.
This week, let’s watch our aroma. Others are watching.
And even sniffing.
Does our aroma match His?
~A Bath & Body Works green tea & white pear candle
~ Some simmering wax bars from At Home America in Fruit Smoothie scents
~ A copy of the New testament in the English Standard Version. Perfect to keep in your purse or car.
Just leave a comment telling us a scent that you associate with something or someone from your past.
Winner announced Tuesday.
Yep. I’m unplugging until then.
Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!