By: Ely Lagajino

And he went forth unto the spring of waters, and cast the salt in there… thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence anymore death or barren. 2 Kings 2:21 (NIV)

After catching quails we felt thirsty. Plastic bottles were not yet widely used so hikers avoided carrying water in breakable bottles for it was dangerous when hiking rocky slopes.

Drinking water was provided by the owners of houses along the way on a barter system. When we asked for water from one of the houses, the owner came out with glasses, pitchers of water plus coconut shell with salt. My friends pour water on a glass plus salt and after a minute they started drinking. 

“Why do we need to put salt in the water?” I asked. 

They said, “So you won’t have bad kili-kili power (bad-smelling armpits) when we perspire; and the remaining salt will be used to savor our roasted quails”. 

I thought using salt to cure armpit odor was another superstitious belief. I drank a glass of water without salt. Before leaving we gave the house owners quails in exchange for water and salt. We enjoyed our roasted quail with salt as flavoring and continued hiking.

When we returned we passed by the same house, again asking for drinking water. The owners handed us the same formula wasalt (water plus salt). This time I put salt in my water without question because I smelled something. In exchange we gave candies and biscuits.

Later, I found out that salt absorbs and disinfects water from impurities. Salt blends and adds flavor to our food. The meaning of our favorite salad is salted vegetables.

Jesus emphasized that we are the salt of the earth. We add salt as spice to life by adding flavor to the community giving hope to come to Jesus and allow Him to disinfect the impurities called sin.  

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