I made grilled cheese for Olivia for lunch. Laura made one for herself and burned it. Olivia asked for another one. Laura told her she didn’t have time before we left, but she would make her a peanut butter sandwich.

“Will you burn it?” Olivia asked.

She had chips with her grilled cheese and told Pa his chips don’t have any taste. (They were “saltless.”)

Mark 9:50, “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty  again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” NLT

What are the qualities of salt? We know how important salt is for taste, but I learned it has many other uses:

  1. Preservative for food.
  2. Curing hides.
  3. A brine for pickling.
  4. In cooling systems, salt water brine is used as a heat transfer media because of their low freezing temperatures or used as a vapour-absorption agent because of their low vapor pressure.
  5. Salt water brine is used to quench (cool) steel.
  6. In chemistry, it is used to make sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), hydrochloric acid (used to dissolve gases), chlorine (used in bleach and pools), and many other chemicals.
  7. Used to make soap, glaze, and porcelain enamel.
  8. Used in metallurgical processes as a flux (a substance promoting fusing of metals.)
  9. Applied to snow or ice to lower the melting point of the mixture (used on roads to remove snow and ice.)
  10. Used to help melt the ice in making ice cream.
  11. Used in water softening equipment to remove calcium and magnesium from water.

Having salt’s qualities means we can: preserve, flavor, soften, remove the heat from situations, keep cool under pressure, keep our hard-as-nails boss from losing his temper, remove harmful elements, have a calming effect, help make something beautiful, unite hard things, and melt the coldest heart. Of course, we can do none of this on our own. It is Christ in us that does the work.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the reminder that we are to be more than flavor and a preservative. Thank you that we can make a difference on the job and with our friends and neighbors.


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