submitted by UKCP Board Member Debra Walker
When I first joined the new unnamed praise band at Burton Memorial UMC in early 2007, I was not familiar with the praise music genre. I’m classically trained and spent most of my life playing the sacred music and gospel selections in the Methodist Hymnal. One of the new songs that spoke to me was “Salt and Light,” a fast paced rock song with inspirational vocals and a great high octave riff for flute.
The song is based on Matthew 5:13-16:
You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
As Keys residents, we really are the salt and light in our communities. We swim, snorkel, dive and fish in the salt water that surrounds us, drawing nourishment and livelihood from the seas. When the sun sets, our homes and businesses light the way home for mariners and vacationers alike.
As we close in on our performance date, we can take encouragement from this text, remembering that, when we are praising God’s name on the stage at Coral Shores High School, we are being God’s salt and light in the Upper Keys.
Thanks for all your hard work!