Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.
A new year brings so many possibilities. A new calendar provides a natural break from the past, with pages and pages of opportunity and hope. Now that we have had a chance to rest from our busy holiday schedules, we have a chance to define ourselves and our faith community in the new year. I believe that we are poised in a great and unique place to be able to be a bright light for our town. I believe that we have the ability to reflect Christ’s light even more clearly and brightly than we have in the past. I believe in God’s work through this place!
Let us be the salt and light for a world at risk of losing its flavor and direction. There are many who are not with us, or in any faith community, on a regular basis. Their absence should concern us. People are not meant to live apart from the community of faith. We need to be around others who, together, are the manifestation of God’s love in the world. We do that here, but we need to bring others with us. God’s love is big enough to share!
New year, new challenges, new light, new hope. I believe. Join me, us, in acting on that belief, empowered and encouraged by the very light of Christ!
Yours in Christ,