Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From his lighthouse evermore,
But to us he gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning;
Send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
This is the text of a hymn I’ve always liked, because of its beautiful message. The way I look at it, there are two ways you can see the words. The first way is that our Father in Heaven is the lighthouse, the great light that points people toward the shore. We, as his children, can be the lower lights. These are the lights that are closer to the actual outline of the boundary between land and sea so the ships do not crash on their journey. Our lights are not nearly as bright as our Heavenly Father’s, but they are similar in nature and they’re both essential to guide others home from the stormy seas into the safe harbor.
On the other hand, we can also see this in our own families. As parents, we can be a lighthouse and our children the lower lights. Together, we can help and serve others as mother and father set the example and the children pitch in, in their way.
One way that we did this in my family occurred around Christmas time. We all pitched in, making homemade treats and bread and wrapping them carefully on plates. We would go to our friends, but also to those we knew we needed special boost because they were experiencing hard times. We would deliver the bread and treats and sing to them on their doorsteps, letting them know that we care for them. The entire family was united in an effort to serve others and I think that this is the best way to make it happen.