My Lighthouse

In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures You won’t walk out
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea…

We sung ‘My Lighthouse’ by Rend Collective in church a few years ago; I’ve started singing it again recently. I like it because it you don’t have to sing it gently and reflectively; you can sing it with a smile and gusto… and it features an accordion!

In the silence, You won’t let go
In the questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea…

The news, and people’s response to it, is often depressing. ‘My Lighthouse’ is honest. It says that life isn’t always easy. I have failure, doubt and unanswered questions; I need love and peace from a source that is greater than I am.

My lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness. I will follow You
My lighthouse, my lighthouse
I will trust the promise
You will carry me safe to shore…

The lighthouse is reassuring. The constant source of light, the consistent, guiding reference point. We all need our lighthouses that will shine out through our storms, when we’re struggling to stay afloat, fearing that our fragile boat will sink, and we don’t know the way to the safety of the harbour.

Chris Llewellyn, who wrote this song said: ‘Living in Northern Ireland, lighthouses are something we see quite often on our coastline. For us, it has become a picture of the faithfulness of God and His constancy in our lives. He is this unshifting Light. We all go through seasons of storms, troubles and sorrows, and we can count on Jesus to be that Fire before us the same way He led the children of Israel in the desert by Fire. He still is that Fire before us today, like a lighthouse.’

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