Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Magical Moment 404, "The Lighthouse"

We visited the charming, historic town of Sleepy Hollow, NY today with my mother-in-law who is visiting from Texas. We walked to this lovely little lighthouse near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Hours later, I realized that I had been humming the same tune all day long, one I hadn't thought of in years. Growing up very Baptist, I still have a special place in my heart for the old hymns. I recall hearing this particular one at week long revival meetings, belted out in four part harmony with a deep baritone voice bellowing the pick up notes. When I got home, I looked up the lyrics and began playing it. Soon the old song took on a new and personal meaning for me, and I wanted to share it with you all. 

"The Lighthouse" 
by Ronnie Hinson

There's a lighthouse on a hillside
That overlooks life's sea
When I'm tossed, it sends out
A light that I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now
Will safely lead us oer
If it wasn't for The Lighthouse
My ship would be no more.

Chorus: And I thank God for The Lighthouse
     I owe my life to Him
     For Jesus is The Lighthouse
     And from the rocks of sin,
     He has shown a light all around me
     That I might clearly see
     If it wasn't for The Lighthouse
     Tell me, where would this ship be?

Ev'rybody that lives around me
Says tear that lighthouse down.
The big ships don't sail this way anymore
There's no use of it standing 'round.
Then my mind goes back to that stormy night
When just in time, I saw that light.
Yes that light from that old lighthouse
That stands up there on the hill


Dawn said...

Oh WOW! This brought back a load of heart memories. My grandma used to sing this.....

Susan in the Boonies said...

Sweet! I've never heard that song before.
Appreciate you sharing it with us!

Robin Malherbe said...

Oh yes, the world says tear it down; the world heeds it no more, but honestly it's the only thing that can keeps us off the rocks and lead us safely home... Thanks for the post

Linda said...

This is a favorite of mine, Elizabeth; and I'm grateful to be in a church that still sings it. Thanks for sharing it here for those who may never have heard it.

Rick said...

Well I never heard that before (sorry, not Baptist ;-) but I enjoyed it much ! What a great message.

Thank you.