May 13, 2020

 

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus reminds us that people of faith are different, that we will “stand out” in a desperate world.  “You are the salt of the earth; … “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  (Matthew 5:13-14)

 

Salt and Light were precious commodities in biblical times.  They were essential to life.  Salt not only made food taste better but it preserved food over long periods of time.  Salt was poured onto wounds to promote healing. Salt was so valued that important agreements were sealed by the exchange of grains of salt, a salt covenant.  And light in the days before electricity was precious providing freedom, security, and warmth after the sun set and darkness took hold of the land.

 

As people of faith we are called to make a difference in this world, to be different, to be the life and light of the kingdom.   In the midst of this COVID-19 Pandemic we are salt when we advocate for the most vulnerable, we are salt when we practice social distancing for the sake of others, we are salt when we wear masks, and we are salt when we care those who are suffering.  And we are light, the light of the Kingdom, when we choose to resist the temptation to indulge in selfish behavior, instead choosing to live life for the good of the whole community.

 

Salt and light were essential in biblical times, the salt and light of faith are essential today. So be different and be faithful. This world will not survive without salt and light.

 

      1. Eyes For The Sky

 

Everybody’s walking with their eyes to the ground;
Everybody’s feeling so low
Nobody’s got a reason to live;
Ain’t got no place to go

 

But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

Everybody’s talking ’bout gravity;
No one believes they can fly
Stuck on the ground, a built in excuse;
Nobody even tries

 

But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

And when I hold you and you hold me
There is a moment and I believe

 

Everybody’s doing the same old thing;
Everybody’s towing the line
Ain’t got a vision for tomorrow;
Safe and secure they survive

 

But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

Everybody’s got something nasty to say;
About someone else or some place;
Confused by fear and the face in the mirror;
Just another fall from grace

 

But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

And when I hold you and you hold me
The sweetest moment and I believe

 

But baby you and I are different than that
We got something that shines
Baby you and I are different than that
We got eyes for the sky

 

 

 

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