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Friday, June 13, 2008

my first lighthouse

Once again my family visited Hilton Head Island, SC. I have been going there once each year since I was about 5 years old. During the week we always visit Harbor Town - to ride bikes, to eat ice cream, to ride the trolley, and to climb the lighthouse, which is perhaps the most famous landmark on Hilton Head. When I talk about lighthouses and picture what they are and do, I picture the lighthouse in Harbor Town on Hilton Head. The lighthouse has become a significant emblem for me (and hopefully the congregation) of our calling as followers of Jesus Christ. Each time I see a lighthouse, I am reminded again of the many important functions of a lighthouse, and some of the particular ones of THAT lighthouse in Harbor Town.

A lighthouse does the following...
  1. Is not the light, but houses the light.
  2. Guides those at sea with the light it houses - at night, in storms, and even in daylight.
  3. Warns ships away from land where they might ground and be damaged.
  4. Welcomes ships into safe harbor, where they might rest, refuel, restock, and go out again.
  5. Functions as a landmark, not only literally, but in the common sense of the word - something people come to see, experience, and participate in (we got stickers for climbing the 114 stairs after all).
  6. In an extension of being a landmark, it becomes something to talk about and tell others ("We climbed the HH lighthouse!")
Would that I were as effective as a follower of Jesus!

2 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

Very nice photo, Robert.

Todd Hester said...

Great post, Robert. And I'm jealous about your going to HH! We try to go to Charleston every year, but it won't happen this year.

I found the interview posts with the moderators very helpful. Thanks for taking one up on the offer and replicating the questions for the other.

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