Salt, A Christmas Blessing

December 20, 2016
by Terry Folster

       How silently, how silently
       The wondrous gift is given!
       So God imparts to human hearts
       The blessings of His heaven.

Job 6:6 – Can something tasteless be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? (NASB)

Every evening before eating supper, my husband prepares the coffee for the next morning. He dumps out the old coffee, rinses the pot, fills it with fresh water, and pours it into the water reservoir. He puts in the filter and carefully measures out enough ground coffee to make the precise amount of coffee for both of us. This endearing habit has been carved out over many years of marriage. Experience has taught us that neither of us does well making coffee upon waking up, but I am definitely the one most likely to end up with water or coffee — or both! — all over the counter! So preparing pays off. I really miss my hubby when he travels away for work.

My dad also used to prepare the next morning's coffee for him and mom each evening too. Only back then, we didn't use a brew machine but a coffee percolator. I remember that he used to add broken eggshells to the coffee that we ground at the store, and then a pinch of salt. I never did understand why he added that salt, until I came across an article on Facebook the other day.

Apparently salt binds to the portions of taste buds that detect bitter flavours and prevents them from properly bonding. Effectively, salt acts as a bitterness reducer, making the coffee more palatable and mellow, thereby enhancing flavour. One of my friends used to put salt on fruit, too. She said that it took the bitterness away and made the fruit sweeter. She was right. Salt is necessary and life-giving, and some things are just much sweeter with salt. Yet, too much salt isn't good for us. What a conundrum!

As I thought about this, it occurred to me that Christ acts like salt. He came to bind to us to reduce the bitterness of our sins, our burdens, and our weariness, in order to transform our lives and our world into something sweeter, richer, and more full of flavour, living in God's way. The sweetness of Christ is the best blessing for our world — one that our bitter, lost world needs most!

Matthew 5:13a – You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything. (NASB)

You are the salt of the earth. Wow! What a charge! As Christians, we are to be that blessing, that sweetness to the world, too! I don't know about you, but sometimes, when Christmas comes around, I feel like I've lost all my saltiness. But can our salt be made salty again? Perhaps only by going back to where it all begins for each and every one of us who believe, back on a pilgrimage that starts at the manger in Bethlehem with the birth of a sweet baby Jesus. Perhaps only by preparing our hearts to receive the Christ Child and letting Him bind to us. Perhaps only as we open ourselves to the hymns, carols, and messages of peace, hope, joy, and love of the season. Perhaps only as we open our hearts to bless others as Jesus blesses us.

Prayer:

    O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
    Descend to us, we pray;
    Cast out our sin and enter in;
    Be born in us today!
           – Phillips Brooks

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Terry Folster <folster.te@gmail.com>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A terrific analogy! Thanks for sharing.


    Merry Christmas Terry. Great “Daily” today.


    Comforting and challenging thoughts Terry. Have a Merry Christmas.


    Beautifully stated – thank you and wishing you a joy filled Christmas


    Beautiful.
    (B.C.)


    Thanks for a salty word of blessing today Terry!
    Blessings.


    What a lovely message Terry. Thanks.
    A blessed Christmas to you.


    Well done. Please write again. We had a janitor in a school that made coffee for the staff and always added salt. However he overdid the salt portion.


    Thank you for your message, time appropriate and uplifting and for all the messages during the year. Your efforts on our behalf are recognized with gratitude.


    Hi Terry:
    What a timely reflection on the season.
    God bless.


    Dear Terry,
    Thank you so much for the creative and thought-provoking devotional. I don’t recognize you as a frequent devotional writer, but I certainly hope you will continue to write them.


    Dear Terry,
    Thank you for the flavored message.
    It was refreshingly different and memorable, Christ honoring.
    Keep writing.


    Thank you for this devotional, Terry. I have never equated salt with sweetness but as I think about what you have written, it sure makes sense … and makes that statement of Jesus’ about “salt loosing it’s saltiness” and how can it become salty again much more understandable. Thank you.


    Terry, so good to read a devotional from you. Yes, salt is a blessing especially in winter when it’s use on roads and paths helps to keep the ice down and make for surefooted walking. May we be the salt that clears the way to Christ for others. Blessings.


    Hi Terry,
    Thank you your devotional this morning, there is indeed a need for so many people to have faith in Christ take away the bitterness of every day life. Thank you for writing.
    We wish you and yours a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


    Thank you, Terry, for this helpful devotional. With so many folk trying to do without salt these days, I’m sure your thoughtful comments will inspire us all to become more aware of its value in our lives.
    Appreciatively yours, with Christmas blessings.

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