By Chandra Crane

Salt and Light: A Responsive Reading

Based on Matthew 5, Revelation 7, and a resource from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.

Leader: It was a dull, tasteless thing —
People: this life, before salt.

Leader: It was a dark, meaningless thing —
People: this life, before light.

Leader: Then he came — we thought — to do many things;
People: to our surprise, he called us, saying:
          “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”

Leader: So he has called us: To be salt in this earth;
People: to season and preserve all life with love.

Leader: So he has called us: To be light in this world;
People: to dispel the darkness of hate and injustice.

Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language —
People: all purified by Jesus to be salt of every kind.

Leader: Some of us are sea salt, some rock salt, some finely ground —
People: all purified by Jesus, and all beloved as we are.

Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language —
People: all gifted by the Holy Spirit, to be light of every kind.

Leader: Some of us are daylight, some candlelight, some flickering fire —
People: all gifted by the Holy Spirit, and all beloved as we are.

Leader: He is come — through us — to do many things;
People: To our joy, he has called us, saying:
           “Let your light shine before others.”

Leader: It is a bright, joyful sunrise —
People: his kingdom, coming with light.

Leader: It is a rich, welcoming banquet —
People: his feast, seasoned with salt.

Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language —
People: all beloved of the Father, and in him we are alive.

Leader: So he has called us, from every nation, culture, and language;
People: May the peoples see our good works, and give glory to God.

Chandra would like to thank Anthony & Felicia Forrest and Kennan Crane for their inspiration and help with this piece.

About the Author

Chandra Crane works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries, is finishing up her Master of Arts at Reformed Theological Seminary, and is a member of the multiethnic Redeemer Presbyterian in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in a multiethnic/multicultural family in the Southwest and now happily transplanted to the Deep South, Chandra is passionate about diversity and family. She is married to Kennan, a civil engineer, and they have two spunky daughters. She is the author of a forthcoming book about multiethnic identity in Christ, due from InterVarsity Press in 2020. Chandra enjoys reading, napping, and defying stereotypes. You can follow her random thoughts on Twitter @ChandraLCrane. 

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