Matthew 5, 13
Something to read
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Often when you read a verse like this you want to encourage people, quite rightly, because the world is good at discouraging folk. Indeed for every negative statement directed towards a child, psychologists suggest you need 10 positive affirmations in order to fill the crack the negative one made.
Just imagine how many more times you have to say it to an adult! So reading this passage perhaps the emphasis is placed on the ‘you’: You are the salt of the earth.
But perhaps the emphasis ought to be placed on the second word: you are the salt of the earth. Affirm what is already true. We haven’t been created useless by the Creator but as gifts to the world.
What is it they say, that children are vessels to be filled? Hmmmm, what if the truth is more that children are already filled with the gifts of heaven, but adults and the world knock the gifts out of them: the creativity, the ability to engage more freely together, to fall out and just as quickly fall back in because dislike falls into the short-term memory of children. Is that the salt losing its saltiness?
Something to do
Encourage and affirm someone today. Indeed, affirm everyone you meet today, be they child or adult. Find a word to say that brings back that saltiness to life. And let its effect affect you as much as them.
Something to pray
God of blessing,
may you love us back into life
when that life has been knocked from us,
and may we be the loving of others
when the world has knocked them too hard.
May that love affirm and confirm
the gift we are to you
and to the universe,
that dances with the hope now alive in us,
that will set free the life in us,
and transform the lives of others.
Today's contributor is the Rev Roddy Hamilton, Minister of the Church of Scotland at New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden