I am always inspired at the sight of a lighthouse. Every structure has a unique story. My mind always wanders... Who was the keeper of the lighthouse? How many ships were lost before the lighthouse was built? How many ships were saved from the hidden rocks?
In 1996, I visited this lighthouse with our family. This historic structure is located 50 miles south of San Francisco. Pigeon Point Light Station is one of the most beautiful lighthouse structures on the Pacific Coast. It was built in 1872 as a beacon for mariners coming to San Francisco and is one of the oldest remaining lighthouses on the West Coast. Its architecture is so stunning that many famous lighthouses, such as Saint Augustine in Florida, were modeled after the 115-foot structure. Over 500,000 bricks were used to build this lighthouse!
This week, as Miquell and I were touring the Pacific Coast, we visited this lighthouse again. As I drove down the famous Pacific Coast Highway, I never imagined, even for one second, that I would arrive and find this 115-foot structure erased from the skyline. I knew it would still be there! It has been faithfully standing for 136 years.
The "Pastor" heart in me can't help but make the obvious spiritual parallel. The 'lighthouse" we are privileged to lead is a beacon for all of North Dallas and beyond. The structure is stronger than ever. Its character of grace and passion to guide weary vessels to a safe harbor are stunning. The number of "solid rock folks" who have willingly allowed God to insert them into the miraculous mortar of this ALC "lighthouse" number in the thousands.
ALC...I have never been more confident that our best days are ahead! Our story has just begun to be written. The "light" from your tower has penetrated all of our hearts. Your "light" is revealing ancient truth to a new generation of seekers. You have never been more Apostolic than you are right now!
Galatians 6:9-10 reminds us all of a promise...
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
ALC Lifer's...we are going to see a harvest of revival and a supernatural demonstration of His Spirit like we've never even dreamed because we've never given up on doing good to all people! Stand tall, ALC! Our brightest and best days are ahead! It is still true...the light that shines the farthest, shines the brightest at home!
We love you!
Jeff and Miquell