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A Pinch of Salt
by Maria Franco
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"Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks." Psalms 27:7

We have always been advised to take things in life with a pinch of salt, to accept things less than fully and leave room for considerations, to overlook things which when taken literally can mean an altogether different meaning. Just as a grain of salt makes food taste better, our vision will be clearer if we see things with a pinch of salt in our range of thoughts.

A couple was once asked to write down a list of drawbacks in their partner which they would like to change, at the end both submitted a blank sheet of paper because they confessed that they would not like to change anything in their partner since they had accepted each other they way they were.
This is the spotlight of love, when we love the person in their complete nature, the way they are, in whatever mood they are in, when our hearts tick both at times of love and differences as well. Because ultimately this is the way God loves us, with all our flaws. He takes our varied personalities in His stride with a grain of salt. He overlooks so much in us so that we can still stand before His eyes as His precious one.

Coming back to salt, sometimes in life the things that we consider to be of the least significance turns out to be the most important one in life, something similar to the value and properties of salt. Salt not only adds taste and flavor to the food but is also famous for its healing and medicinal values.

Having stored in the crevices of our mind all those important chapters that we perused in school and which had a profound meaning in life, I am reminded of one such chapter in literature - ‘As dear as salt’ where a story is told of a king who had three sons and once asked each of them individually as to how much they loved him. While the first two sons compared their love to the finest riches in the world, the youngest son humbly replied that he loved his father as dear as salt. The king was infuriated and had his son banished from the kingdom.
Years later the king has a change of heart and decides to visit his son who treats him to a lavish banquet with the best of dishes. Alas, all the food has been prepared without a grain of salt. As the king begins to sample one dish after another he is dismayed at the lack of taste. His anger returns and he demands an explanation from his son. The son calmly points out on how a simple ingredient as salt could have turned all the meal prepared into the tastiest that his father had ever eaten. He highlights the important value of salt and his reason for comparing his love for his father to the dearness of salt. His father realizes his own folly in not recognizing the great love that his son had for him and embraces his son for opening his eyes to the truth.

Jesus has compared each one of us to salt not because we are the least but because we are of the greatest importance in His eyes. He strongly remarked in Matthew 5:13; “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”

There are various other phrases relating to salt in the Bible. Some as Seasoning sacrifices as in Ezekiel 43:24 ; “You shall present them before the Lord, and the priests shall sprinkle salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord.” and in Leviticus 2:13 ; “You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.”

As we see salt has been used in the establishment of covenants further in the book of Numbers 18:19; “All the holy contributions that the people of Israel present to the Lord I give to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual due. It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord for you and for your offspring with you.” Again in 2 Chronicles 13:5; “Ought you not to know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by a covenant of salt?
It has been eloquently described in the wisdom of speech in Colossians 4:6; “ Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”

The great healing power of salt has been mentioned in 2 Kings 2:20-22 when Elisha performs a miracle; “He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the Lord, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.

May we recognize our own value in the eyes of the Lord and in being humble as salt fulfill our role in imparting the heavenly taste in preparation of the grand banquet to be celebrated by the Lord.

Maria Franco

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