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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 10, 2022

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TUESDAY, May 10

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.

A cow consumes several ounces of salt every day, and we add trace minerals to the salt to supplement her diet when required. In the spring, lactating cows on new grass are vulnerable to grass tetany, a calcium imbalance that can be fatal. Adding a bit of magnesium to the salt can prevent the condition. Unfortunately, magnesium is very bitter. The mixing is tricky: too much and the salt is not consumed at all; too little and the risk of grass tetany increases.

In our relationships with each other, we are the salt of the earth. Our experiences, perspectives, preferences, and choices are like trace minerals. How we express and share them is a tricky business. Every year, I am reminded of how we walk a fine line. We can care too little for the concerns of this world. Or we can take too many precautions and become no longer good for anything because there is no zest for life. And then we give up altogether.

MOVING FORWARD: How can you find the right balance of saltiness and trace minerals in your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Liberia (West Africa)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Exodus 32:21-34 | 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 | Matthew 5:11-16

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