Salt & Light Log

“You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world.”  ~Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.

This last Sunday, at the suggestion of David Lose at Working, I encouraged our congregation to start a Salt & Light Log – keeping track of all the wonderful and amazing ways that God is at work in our lives and in the world; taking note, affirming and celebrating the ways that we are salt and light to one another and to the community beyond the four walls of our sanctuary.

I love the way Eugene Peterson translates this passage in The Message:   “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. . . Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill!  If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light
stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

And so, this is the start of our Salt & Light Log. I invite you to email me your “Noticings” of salt and light around Forest Hill, in your family, your neighborhood, and out in the world.  Let’s start paying attention to the ways that God is working in and through us to add zest, flavor, light and radiance to the world. It’s time to Shine!

Another way to think of it might be as “Our Wild Goose Chase.”  Let me explain what I have in mind.  Ancient Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit – An Geadh-Glas – the wild goose:  untamable, unpredictable, noisy, pesky, strong, graceful, able to fly much faster and farther in formation than alone.  A little different image than a turtle dove, but how apt!  You see, they realized that no matter much we might want to contain or control God, God cannot be placed in a box, defined or tamed.  And so off they went, on wild goose chases – entering the spaces, towns, hamlets, and villages of 7th century England in the conviction that the wild goose was out there ahead of them. They were open to being surprised by the wild goose, prayerfully asking what God was doing and joining the Spirit there by naming the name of Jesus, dwelling among people and opening the great story of God’s love and grace.

And so, let’s head off on some wild goose chases of our own.  Let’s enter the world with the eyes of our hearts wide open.  Let’s be willing to be surprised by what God is doing in the world.  Let’s look for and celebrate the myriad ways that our God is working in and through the lives of people, even us, to salt and light the world. You know, it’s a beautiful day for a Wild Goose Chase! Want to join me?

PS Our Salt & Light Log, aka Our Wild Goose Chase, will be on our website at  just as soon as you start paying attention and sharing your discoveries.

1 Comment to “Salt & Light Log”

  1. By Sheryl, February 9, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    Susan, what a great idea! I love the image of chasing the wild goose. Life is a great adventure. I was reading Genesis chapter 1 this morning. Verse 31 says: “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Everything is good. Let’s follow the wild goose and see how good God’s world is, seeing things with new eyes,, open to God’s surprises. I look forward to hearing the stories of discovery and how God is being salt and light through many; that many will see how very good God’s world is.

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