In this short, illustrated parable, the Light Keeper helps a fading lighthouse regain its life-saving beam.
Offshore, a distant lighthouse guides ships through a treacherous stretch of water to safe harbor. As time goes by, it becomes lonely. The stubborn feeling of isolation dims its memory of the unique purpose for which it was built. Guilt, self-doubt, and despair rob the lighthouse of its glow. Its dreams are fleeting glimpses of some older time when life was brighter and more joyful.
“But the briefest instant is often long enough in the timeless realms known to dreams to find joy, happiness, and love residing there.” The lighthouse suddenly has a vivid memory of the Light Keeper who used to climb the tower to ensure its beam was as sharp and bright as it could be. The lighthouse cries out for the Light Keeper, and the presence arrives. The Light Keeper imparts guidelines to the lighthouse that allow it to regain its intensity and sense of purpose and shore up its foundations so it will never dim again.
This is a quick read, but a profound one that can be mined for layers of meaning over and over. In collaboration with two creative partners, Cliff Crain for story and Joe Bellows for illustration, author Linda Gallagher expresses deep psychological and spiritual concepts that humans have struggled with for millennia, such as suffering, surrendering, and “a tangible ‘awakening’ to an Omnipresent goodness of love and care.”
With a childlike innocence and illustrations of the lighthouse, the sea, seals, seagulls, and sailboats that blaze with gem-like colors, she offers insight and inspiration to help anyone with the creeping suspicion that’s there’s more they could be offering the world to “begin anew with grace, gratitude, love, and purpose.”
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