January 23, 2017 | 11:09 am
Posted by Rev. Jes Kast

A Beacon of Light

Like many New Yorkers, I quickly fell in love with the enchanting coast of Maine during my summertime vacations. A couple years ago I drove along the coast to check out those glorious lighthouses that pepper the rugged rocks along the ocean.

Some lighthouses have been around for years, some are newer. Some lighthouses the light beams far out into the ocean while others shine dimly while still doing their work of what they are called to do and that is shine light. Lighthouses warn ocean wayfarers of the land ahead and serve as beacons of hope on how to navigate the waters.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:1). Light shines in confusing times and helps us see a path. We might not see the whole path, but the light of faith in Christ helps us see the next good step for us to take. We walk by faith, step by step by step. As the old Zulu South African hymn says “We are walking in the light of God, we are walking in the light of God.”

That’s what we do. We keep walking. We keep letting the light of Christ guide us step by step and in return shine our lights for fellow pilgrims along the way.

Light never gives up. Light seeks to shine. Light illuminates fear and casts out evil. God is the light of the world and darkness will not put out the light.

We got work to do, church, it's time to shine our light of the hope we have.