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277 Lighthouses

"God built lighthouses to see people through storms. Then he built storms to remind people to find lighthouses." ― Shannon L. Alder

God built lighthouses to see people through storms. Then he built storms to remind people to find lighthouses.

― Shannon L. Alder

We visited two lighthouses on Lake Erie yesterday

Marblehead, Ohio built in 1821 and placed in service in 1822 – the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes

of course, adventurous Bill climbed the 77 cast iron steps to the top

while my claustrophobic self happily stayed on ground!

Here is an old video if you are interested. The park has been upgraded since this video taken in 2012:


Then we went to the lighthouse at Port Clinton

in addition to seeing the structure, we learned some facts

Lighthouses and beacons are towers with bright lights and fog horns located at important or dangerous locations. They can be found on rocky cliffs or sandy shoals on land, on wave-swept reefs in the sea, and at entrances to harbors and bays. They serve to warn mariners of dangerous shallows and perilous rocky coasts, and they help guide vessels safely into and out of harbors. The messages of these long-trusted aids to navigation are simple: either STAY AWAY, DANGER, BEWARE! or COME THIS WAY!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bill’s climb to the top was much shorter this time

The light was beautiful!

Here’s a video tour if you are interested:


“I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

People can serve as lighthouses too

Yesterday, I saw a few of mine throughout the day:

Bill ― who is my love and my light in the storm in many ways.

Before we went lighthouse hunting we ate breakfast with son, daughter-in-love, and grandlittles

The breakfast was to celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s days because sickness ravaged their household last month

Their family is certainly a light in my darkness – bringing me safely back to shore more times than they realize

After our explorations, we visited my childhood friend Mary

A constant throughout my whole life, she is more like a sister. I cannot remember my life without her in it

Mary

On Father’s Day, today, my thoughts are drawn to my Dad who was a great influence in my life

I miss him so much…


But the greatest lighthouse and beacon in my life is Jesus, who said,

I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

John 12:46

Many times while praying the answers have reminded me of the signals from a lighthouse

STAY AWAY, DANGER, BEWARE! 

or 

COME THIS WAY!

the circumstances or people that were not right for me were turned away

but the ones meant for me stayed

God has remained faithful throughout

to guide my path

even when my eyes were closed to His light


My hope for you today is that you have lighthouses to guide your journey through life

and most importantly

keep your eyes open so you can recognize them

XO Lisa ❤️

9 comments on “277 Lighthouses

  1. Lisa, this post is so much more than just the lighthouses along Lake Erie, which I need to see. You connected the dots in reminding of people who serve as “lighthouses” in our lives. The Port Clinton Lighthouse reminds me of one on the Choptank River at Long Wharf in Cambridge, Maryland (my wife’s hometown).

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  2. love the quote soooo good Lisa and great PICS. Beautiful! Congrats for making it to the top to Bill! 👏👏👏

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  3. Daddy’s light certainly still shines brightly, we just have to close our eyes to see it!!🤗 Love you , sister!

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