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Mining For Salt

Good morning. It is Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

I like salt. Not too much, but enough to add flavor. I have sea salt and Himalayan salt. I have plain table salt and recently discovered Hickory Smoked salt.

I always avoided adding salt to my water, per the directions, when I was making oatmeal or cream of wheat, because it did not make sense to me to add something salty to my breakfast cereal. After all I was going to add brown sugar when it was finished, it did not need salt. Or did it? A few years ago I discovered it actually enhances the flavor of the cereal, without making it salty.

I watch a lot of cooking shows and the number one complaint from the judges is not enough salt.

Salt gets a bad rap, but did you know salt is good for you? I remember as a young child mom making us gargle with warm salt water for a sore throat. I hated it.

It can be used for managing strep throat, canker sores, reducing the likelihood of developing gingivitis and managing toothaches. Salt is integrally involved in digestion. Essential for good heart conduction. Necessary to facilitate body movement. Helps to prevent iodine deficiency. It is an Important element of rehydration. Helps to reduce diabetes risk. Can improve respiratory health. Can decrease your appetite. Has excellent exfoliant properties. Helps remove toxins if you use it in a foot soak. Necessary for normal blood pressure. Helps to normalize cholesterol. It can improve the condition of the skin. (Source:

Salt is used to preserve food. Rock salt is not only used to make yummy homemade ice cream, but it is also used on icy roads to make for safer travel.

My daddy worked in the mills, and I can remember being told that when the men would become over heated, they were given salt tablets. Salt tablets were a great way to restore electrolytes lost during sweating. We now have sports drinks to replace electrolytes. Sports drinks contain sodium and potassium and typically should only be drunk after intense exercise or heavy sweating.

I remember a farmer friend providing salt licks for his cattle and horses. I have heard of salt blocks in the woods for deer and other wild animals. A salt lick is a deposit of mineral salts.

Salt is amazing.

Where does salt come from? The major source of salt today is seawater but there are vast deposits of salt in Spain, Eastern Alps, France, Central Europe, the Mediterranean region, as well as Utah in the United States and other places.

Salt, it is good for you, and it helps food taste better.

Jesus told his disciples that they were the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth…”

But the verse goes on to say, “…but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” NKJV

I love The Message version: “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.”

Jesus is warning not to lose the flavor of love, of the gospel. Not to lose sight of their mission, to bring out the God-flavors of this earth.

Jesus has just given the beatitudes and finishes with telling them that believers are salt AND light.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Yes, salt adds flavor and when we salt our conversation in the right way, it leaves a good taste in the mouth of the hearer.

Colossians 4:6 tell us “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” NKJV

Mark 9:50 “…Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” NKJV

The right amount of salt adds flavor. Too much salt makes food uneatable. Just like salt, our words can add a pleasant flavor and can draw people to Christ. Our words can have the opposite effect. If we are too salty, we can drive people away.

Salt adds flavor, but what else does salt do? Salt can make us thirsty. And just like salt we can help others become thirsty for Jesus, the living water.

John 7:37 “…Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” NKJV

Let’s make people thirsty. Let us point them to Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:4 “And all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” ESV

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