Instead of a unity candle, my beautiful friend and her new husband poured salt from two containers into a common one as part of the marriage vows. Just as you could never return every grain of salt to it’s original owner, their covenant will never be broken.
This might sound similar to the newly popular unity sand that some couples choose to do, but because the salt itself is a throwback to ancient Biblical offerings to the Lord, it means far more than inseparability. In the Law of Moses, it says:
“Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.” Leviticus 2:13
The pastor explained that in ancient Middle Eastern culture, salt was essential for curing wounds, preserving food, and was even used as money. Soldiers were often paid in salt rather than gold, which is why we still refer to a good worker as “someone worth his salt”. (You always wondered, didn’t you?) Wars were fought over access to this essential mineral, and it was seen as a symbol of permanence and purity.
It was valuable, which meant that it cost the giver something.
It was used to heal.
It was used to season and preserve the goodness of food.
It could cleanse impurities.
And it created thirst.
My friend and her husband were charged to be like the salt of their covenant, and I, listening, was stirred to do the same.
Here is a link to the blog where I believe the pastor got most of his information about the salt covenant.