Written by Steven Liechty
Quinn G. Caldwell
[Jesus said]"You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world." - Matthew 5:13-20
Salt has its own taste, but really what it does is make the thing you add it to taste better. Light has its own beauty, but really what it does is make whatever you shine it on more beautiful.
Salt can't really lose its taste, but it can get so mixed up with other contaminates that it seems to. Light can't really disappear, but it sure can be blocked.
You put salt on your food, and it disappears into it. You shine a light in the right place, and nobody notices who's holding it.
If you put enough salt on that people can see it, you've used too much. If you're holding a flashlight in the dark and people can see who's holding it, then you're pointing it at the wrong thing.
Salt is one of the five basic human tastes; our bodies need it so much that we evolved to think it tastes good. Sight is one of the five basic human senses; we need it so much that we evolved eyes to be able to use it.
You can survive without salt, but not for long. You can survive without light, but not very well.
Help me make the world more savory and more beautiful for the people around me.
Don't let me get diluted; don't let me block my best self.
Help me do my work without being noticed.
Help me be the thing that satisfies the people's need.
Help me to guarantee the survival of the world. Amen.
Quinn G. Caldwell is Pastor and Teacher at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Syracuse, New York, and co-editor, with Curtis J. Preston, of the Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ, published by The Pilgrim Press.