Salt & Light

As a Christian, I am called to be salt and light to the world, but it isn’t always easy.  I just found a really cool lamp that might help me with my meditations and keep my mind better focused on that end.   It is a lamp made of salt!  Get it, salt and light!

Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from natural deposits of rock salt mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The natural salt crystals come in many colors from dark red to pink to white and even translucent. They also come in a variety of sizes.  The larger crystals are hollowed out for use with a candle or light bulb.

There are all kinds of legends and superstitions that surround the use of these lamps and claims of miracles healing powers and enhancement of health and well-being.  My scientist says there is no rational basis to those legends.  To me that doesn’t matter.  I would like one of these lamps for my meditation table as a symbol of what I am supposed to be: salt and light.  Jesus told his disciples:

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

“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.

Matthew 5:13-16 [MSG]