I’ve always admired the beauty of a fine lighthouse. Think back to the plan to keep sailors safe, the arduous process of building them in remote places, the intense and lonely labor to keep them working, and the sad abandonment of these sentinels of light and hope. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” His truth, his ethics, his grace, and forgiveness are desperately needed today but like the lighthouses these principals are often abandoned or relegated to a quaint historic past. There are a few who, against great odds, seek to preserve the meaning and history of these great lights. Immanuel Kant once wrote, “Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.” Don’t abandon what is vital to our survival as community and as nation. Keep the light burning brightly.