Sitting down to eat, just before dusk, at the Beachcomber Café in Barton-on-Sea, we could see a light coming from the Isle of Wight. What was it? Why was it there?

We don’t know for sure, but it looked like must have been the setting sun reflecting off a large window somewhere behind Colwell Bay, 6 miles away.

That light drew our attention – as lights do. Curiosity piqued, investigation followed, and when we visited the island a few weeks later, we still remembered it, and wondered.

A light can be a beacon (or even a warning – we could also see the Needles Lighthouse occulting in the dark), and when you get close, in the right light, things hidden are revealed, and a light can make easy what would be impossible in the dark.

Jesus said “I am the light of the world” – it’s a phrase we remember. And he also said to his disciples “You are the light of the world”. I’m not sure I have much light of my own, but as a disciple of Christ, I can reflect the light He brings to the world. It’s good to have light, and it’s very good to share light – which may be what Jesus meant when he said (Mat 5:13) “You are the salt of the earth”




Salty Light

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