Beacon in the Chancel


Becky’s niece, who works at Williamsburg, Virginia, traveled to Dublin, Ireland for a wedding.  She must have not taken any time to rest, because she posted nearly two hundred photos on Facebook.  Many of her photos were of a church which had been turned into a maritime museum.  From the photos, I could tell that the museum had respected the former worship facility.  They even kept the baptism font.  Baptism is something of a maritime event in itself. A stained glass window depicted Christ saving a man from the wreckage of a ship.

What I liked best was what occupied the chancel.  The area was not cluttered with a variety of displays.  A large lighthouse beacon stood in the center of the chancel.  I’m sure that was not by accident.

In John 8:12 Jesus says “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk (or sail) in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Psalm 43:3 prays,” Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.”

Prayer: Almighty Father, source of everlasting light, send forth your truth into our hearts and pour over us the brightness of your light to bring us, through our joyful participation at your altar, to your eternal dwelling on high, where you live and reign now and forever.

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