Lift us up, Send us out
The words to this song were written during an exceptionally cold Canadian winter, which was often accompanied by freezing rain. At times, road salt to melt the ice was hard to find and many roadways and driveways became dangerously slippery. Coincidentally, the lectionary reading at the time dealt with the lesson that we are to be the "salt of the earth" and those words were on my mind as I worked on the song lyrics. Ironically, winter offers the opportunity for salt to be useful even when "trampled underfoot", as long as we use what we have. Otherwise we easily lose our balance and our relationships slide into being concerned only for our self-interest. This song was written as a commissioning ("sending-out") song for the end of worship, when we are often encouraged to extend our worship into the rest of the week through our service to others. In a stressful and busy world, that isn't necessarily easy for many of us. So perhaps the salt metaphor can also be extended to melting our cold hearts so that we can find a way to be truly caring in our relations with others. And to use the other metaphor employed in this gospel lesson, that will truly be a light to us all.