Supplying Salt and Light by Lorna GoodisonThis stunning new book of poems from internationally renowned poet Lorna Goodison opens in Spain and Portugal, conjuring up a new history of the Caribbean and a new way of setting up its heritage.
The title sets the tone for poems about backgrounds and outlines and shadows and sources of light. This extraordinary book -- a wide lotus on the dark waters of song -- is filled with surprises at every turn, as a Moorish mosque becomes a cathedral in Seville, a country girl dresses in Sunday clothes to visit a Jamaican bookmobile, and a bear appears suddenly, only to slip away silently into the trees on a road in British Columbia. The heartache of Billy Holliday singing the blues, the burden of Charlie Chaplin tramping the banana walks of Jamaicas Golden Cloud, and the paintings of El Greco, the quintessential stranger, come together on the poets pilgrimage to Heartease, guided by a limping angel and inspired by the passage-making of Dante; the book ends with a superb version of the first of his cantos, translated into the poets Jamaican language and landscape with the gift of love.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16)
You may have heard the expression that Christians are the salt and the light of the world, but what does that actually mean? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. You are the light of the world. Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Adding flavor to a dull world makes a little more sense, but it still leaves your understanding a little hazy.
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In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke plainly of qualities true believers and followers of Him would possess. Salt has many uses. It is used to preserve, heal, make tasty, and clean up. As Christians we are to keep Jesus where the world can see Him- in our lives. We are to heal the world by telling them about Him. We are to add flavor- purity, honor, integrity, etc. Likewise we are to be light, where ever we are placed.