Thanks for taking the newest challenge. Five days this week of "displacement" (getting God's Word in and pushing the nasty stuff out). Add comments on the blog or in Facebook. Or just check in to say "I'm in" and encourage others by your participation.
Here's what I did in my quiet time with this passage. It's a simple meditation exercise that has a name, but I can't remember what it's called. In this exercise you take a phrase or a verse and repeat it out loud, each time emphasizing a different word, until you've emphasized every word. I wrote it out in my "prayer email" and then repeated it out loud when I was done. Then I chewed on that for a while. What did I hear God saying? What did I see in a new way? What does it mean? How can I live it?
In case my description falls short. Here's what I mean.
YOU are the light of the world.
You ARE the salt of the earth.
You ARE the light of the world.
You are THE salt of the earth.
You are THE light of the world.
You are the SALT of the earth.
You are the LIGHT of the world.
You are the salt OF the earth.
You are the light OF the world.
You are the salt of THE earth.
You are the light of THE world.
You are the salt of the EARTH.
You are the light of the WORLD.