Jesus said, “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:42-50
Salt and Peace
Peace does not come from conformity
it blossoms like a flower in a garden
chaotic colors both deep and pale
extending our understanding of love.
Salt does not come from abundance
it gently enters the world's dishes
giving strength and sustenance
without overpowering the flavors.
We are salt and peace when we live
as we were made imperfect and perfectly
wonderful in our acceptance and understanding
humble in our need for the broken others.
Peace reigns when we live our salty lives
giving our true nature a voice and listening ears
when we bend in the dance of compassion
we are made whole in being bound together.
Never losing ourselves mean sharing
the radical difference that each of us is given
accepting the chaos and confusion here
dancing in the garden where we are planted.