On one of my more exciting evening I watched Nova. The show documented the complicated engineering and science feat behind the effort to relocate an old brick lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard.  The lighthouse was originally built in 1844, but after more than a century of beach erosion it was precariously close to the edge of the cliff and in real danger of collapsing into the ocean.  The film documented how they had to relocate the lighthouse about 129 feet or (39 m) inland. The name of the lighthouse is Gay Head.  I want to say that I was on the edge of my seat in suspense the entire show and I could hardly even breathe but that would not be true.
I was though reminded of the important role lighthouses have in navigation.   A lighthouse serves as a navigational aid and it warns boats of dangerous areas. It is the traffic sign on the ocean. For you trivia players the first recorded lighthouse in history and was built about 280 B.C. Records tell us that it was the tallest one ever built – 450 ft. (comparable to a 45 story skyscraper) and it used an open fire at the top as a source of light. Not surprising it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the famous Pharos of Alexandria.
Here’s what we like to offer you for your thoughts… “Where you point yourself is where you’ll go.”  (Okay not that brilliant but worth some reflecting upon.) If you are not pointed anywhere you will go nowhere.  If you are pointed toward life that matters then your life will matter.  If you are pointed toward Christ-like living your praxis, the things you do daily, will be fashioned in light of that orientation.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5
 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” 

Reflection Questions:
What “shows” do you most enjoy?
Where are your choices and actions leading you?
How are you shining light?

Prayer:
Holy God, when I find myself disoriented, stumbling because of a limited ability to determine my bearings, I need your light to shine so
I can see what is always possible when I trust you more. Amen.

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