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Shalom…Larry Link

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Posted: October 27th, 2014

Barbecue…best smelling food of all! On Monday’s reading this week…I’m reminded of my favorite aroma of all. When LaVon and I got married back in 1963, we lived in a small apartment that literally backed up to the best barbecue place in the town where we lived. I was still in college, and we were as broke as broke could be…newly married, college debt, working part time (LaVon worked full time and then went back to school to finish a couple of years later). But we were so broke that we went out to eat maybe once a month! In the meantime, every single night when we came home from work, all we could smell was…you guessed it…barbecue. While we sat at our kitchen table and ate spaghetti or fish sticks, the smell of barbecue filled our tiny apartment. There was no doubt that we were in the close proximity of barbecue. In 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 we’re told that, “…through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” Just like that aroma of barbecue still affects me the same way that it did over 50 years ago…I would hope that where I go, people are affected by the love of God because I represent the presence of Christ to them. We should “smell” like Jesus.