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mmm, Salty

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

I’ve already admitted to being without grace, so lets continue on with the next part of this verse.  Are my conversations seasoned with salt.  How are we going to define salt?

I think about the salt as the part that adds depth. Have you ever had cookies made without the salt?  They taste flat or bland. Salt adds richness of flavor, but does not adjust the texture.  Same with other foods – salt removes the bland and dull. Unsatisfying.

I had to stop for a minute.  Conversation full of grace unsatisfying?  Well, yeah.  I think I can see that.

Grace without salt, maybe that comes across as fake, as if you are not really listening or not really paying attention.  I think of the words of comfort people give without thinking.  For example, when a mother has a miscarriage and her friends say, “You can always have another one.”  The comment is meant to be loving and healing and comforting, but it is without real thought. Does the speaker really think a child is replaceable?  No, but they didn’t think about what they were saying.  They were just trying to sound comforting.  Grace without salt.

There is probably more than that.  It’s just the first example I could think of.

 

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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