St. Mark’s Lenten Thoughts, Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Lent Week One—Thursday
Psalm 19 Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5 Hebrew 4:1-10 John 3:16-21

Recently Dean Johnson preached a wonderful sermon about the ministry of light and salt. This meditation does not really reflect the message of his sermon but the words “light” and “salt” struck my imagination. We as Christians are certainly called to be both light and salt to the world in our various ways of living and worshiping. We can help others by listening and loving them. We can be present in our communities to take the right stand. We can give our time and money to further the cause of the Gospel, and so much more. But, sometimes I need a different version of that ministry of light and salt and I find it not only in the first six verses of the Psalm for today but I find it at the beach. sitting on the balcony of our condo in Perdido Key I have read this particular hymn of praise many times. It has become part of my beach ritual. In fact, the first time I read it at the beach I became more fully aware of what the verses meant. That wonderful view of sky and ocean provide the light and salt that renews my soul each time I’m there. I don’t really wish to parse the words of this Psalm…only to remember its richness and beauty and to encourage you to read it one more time.

-Joy Ratcliff

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