Where's the salt on Sunday?By Melodie Davis
After all that work and waiting, this bread was just a poor imitation of good, home-baked bread. It may have been healthily salt-free, but it was also flat and dull.
I was reminded of Mark 9:39: “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Are we raising our children with “salt” — with something a little different that makes them stand out from a culture that worships at the sanctuary of commerce? Do we retain salt within ourselves? Or have we lost our flavor and seldom live by values any different from those who frequent the mall instead of a church on Sunday morning? Finally, are we judgmental about those who do? Guilty, here.
I hope that by keeping traditions honoring a day of rest and worship, we can teach our children the values of giving rather than getting; of being willing to be different, with a welcome saltiness; and of seeking peace in our relationships with each other and in the world.
Melodie Davis writes for Mennonite Media in Harrisonburg, Va.
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