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2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Matthew 5:13-16

We are all capable of being salt and light. We can heal and flavor and preserve just as salt does. We can all be lights in the small corner of the world where we live. We can bring light into the dark, provide light to find the lost and to find the way. We all can be the source of warmth. We can do that because “God has put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts.”

To be sure there will be days when we do not feel much like being light or salt. There will be days when the salt has dried out and is tasteless; days when the light is but a small flicker or simply burned out. The dark night of the soul is real. I am sure many of us have lost the way, soured a relationship, experienced unhealthy life patterns, experienced dryness in our prayer, or felt the chill of loneliness or alienation.

It is in just such circumstances that we must recall that we are “sealed by God’s Spirit,” that there is no “no” in God, that Jesus is God’s “yes” to us in whatever situation we experience. In light or darkness we turn to God, and in the words of today’s Psalm, say: “Lord, let your face shine on me.”

By John Schlegel

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