I love the story of Kate Walker, whose husband, Jacob Walker, was charged with tending the Robbins Reef Lighthouse in New York Harbor in the 1870s. Early in their marriage, Kate resented her husband’s position; after all, she had to row her children to Staten Island each weekday to attend school. When Jacob Walker died in 1886, his last words to her were, “Mind the light, Kate.” So she applied for the job of Lightkeeper. Though she was small in stature—less than 5’ tall and not even 100 pounds—she went on to serve as Lightkeeper for 35 years and was credited with more than 50 rescues.
Lightkeepers are absolutely indispensable. I speak not only of the early lighthouse residents but, even more so, of those who cherish and tend the spiritual light…the light of hope and faith, the light of worthy dreams, the light of guidance, and especially the light of the awareness of God’s Presence within all beings.
Think of a time on your path, perhaps amidst some storm or challenge, when you were safely guided—even rescued—by someone who cared enough to “mind the light.”
Remember: “You are the light of the world,” and this world needs all the light we can shine into it. To the one who listens deeply, the inner Voice of Spirit ever whispers:
“Mind the light, dear one. Mind the light!”