Smell of Jesus

29 Apr

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Monday nights started out being a communal roommate night…. a fresh
glass of wine, a delicious home-cooked meal, and the sounds of
laughter are typically what fills the room. It’s a time to connect
our hearts. A time we say, “not only do we share a room where we
prepare food in, or a room we brush teeth in, or a room we all rest in
…but we want to share our hearts together.” We want to commune in that
room in these moments.

Monday’s we continue to reserve that room for each other, but we
started wondering what it might look like to invite others into the
mix… specifically our neighbors. Our hope is that our hospitality
and hearts bleed out into the community…so much so, people can’t not
notice it. Well that hope, became a small dose of reality for us
recently.

We welcomed our neighbors over for a Monday night. We laughed. We ate.
We connected. Multiple times throughout the night we heard them say,
“It just feels really good to be in this home.” And get this, our
neighbor Marnie decided to give us a toast, she said, “We have lived
on this street for over 13 years now. We have seen neighbors and
people come and go. They all bring something, but what you guys bring 
to our neighborhood nobody else has brought before…and we thank you
for it.”

2 Corinthians 2:14 comes to mind. “Thanks be to God, who always leads
us….and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him
in every place.” I believe Marnie and Lew got a big whiff of Jesus. I
pray that they continue to smell Him…even if they have no idea what or
who they are smelling….yet☺

I yearn to wreak of peace, of goodness, of laughter, of….Jesus. I pray
that scent surrounds you…surrounds me this day…AND it becomes familiar
to others.

May we smell like Jesus.

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One Response to “Smell of Jesus”

  1. Christiana Rice April 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Thanks for inspiring us, your community, to follow your example in welcoming our neighbors into our homes! 🙂

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