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During Christmas break, my husband and I visited one of the tallest lighthouses in the U.S. Towering at 175 feet, it had been a beacon of safety and refuge to those shipwrecked from the turn of the century.  We were fascinated with the design of the tower, but more so with the engineering that went into the interesting light itself.  Designed by Fresnel in 1823, there were numerous prism panels at different angles to direct and amplify light for extremely long distances as brightly as possible.  This beacon was there to warn sailors of dangers and to guide them to safety.

The tour guide told about one lighthouse keeper who had a heart attack and died part way up the dizzying number of steps when it was his duty make sure the beacon was lit.  When the other lighthouse keepers , who were also on the grounds of Ponce Inlet noticed the light was not lit, one of them hurried to find out why.  On his way up the steps, he found the head lighthouse keeper dead on the steps.  He immediately took care of the light and carried his lifeless leader down the narrow spiral stairs.  What could have been a disaster for ships and passengers was saved by an observant, faithful servant.

There are a number of things we can learn from the lighthouse and keeper:
  1. As lighthouses are tall and sturdy to weather storms and shine light brightly for miles, we are to boldly shine the light of Christ regardless of the storms in our lives. 
  2. As the lighthouse warns sea travelers of impending dangers and guides them to safety, we are to use the light of the God's word to help others to the safety of Christ and guide them away from dangerous, sinful practices.
  3. Even though the light on the coast is bright, it needed the skillful engineering of it’s designer to aid the light to shine brighter and further.
  4. We cannot shine the light well on our own, but depend on the Holy Spirit to amplify and carry the light of the message we share.
  5. As the lighthouse keeper makes sure the light operates well, our pastors bring God's message to us and shepherd us that we might continue living in the light.
  6. As the lighthouse stands where it can be readily seen, we must be visible that our lives and our words show the love of Christ wherever we go.
  7. When one keeper is unable to do his duty, it takes another to help fill that task.  Where one Christian leader may not be able to feed the flock, it may take another to fill that gap.
  8. As the lighthouse was a place of refuge for those in need of safety, our churches need to be safe havens to heal the hurting, feed the hungry, and lift up the discouraged.

We are called to be God's light in the world. We are not the source, but simply reflect and display the safe refuge of Jesus to others. Whether you are a pastor, teacher or the average person in the pew, may you shine brightly, confidently, and boldly in this dark world.  You never know the affect God has on people through you.
May God bless you!

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Key passage is Matthew 5:14-16
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