Thank God for the Lighthouse

My dad loved that old time Gospel music. One of his favorite songs was “The Lighthouse” which was originally performed by The Hinsons and then later by the Happy Goodmans. When my dad died July 31, three years ago, we decided to have this song performed at his funeral. Since August 7 is National Lighthouse Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to honor my dad for being a “lighthouse” for me, showing me the way in life, but most of all I want to honor Christ Jesus who is the true Lighthouse, which is what this song is all about.

THE LIGHTHOUSE
Words and Music by Ronnie Hinson

There’s a lighthouse on the 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 o’er
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, My ship would sail no more

Everybody that lives around us says, “Tear that old lighthouse down.
The big ships just don’t pass this way anymore, so there’s no use in it standin’ round.”
Then my mind goes back to that one dark, stormy night, when just in time I saw the light.
Yes, it was the light from that old lighthouse that stands up there on the hill.

And I thank God for the lighthouse, I owe my life to Him
Jesus is the lighthouse, And from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me, That I might clearly see
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, Tell me where would this ship be

I thank God for the lighthouse I owe my life to Him
Jesus is the lighthouse, And from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me, That I might clearly see
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse, Tell me where would this ship be

Every time I hear this song I wonder to myself, If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse where would I be!

-Chaplain Chris Smith