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Guide Our Feet into the Way of Peace, by Beverly Hicks Burch

“Guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79

St Augustine Lighthouse 3-2011 B

“Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.” ~ Japanese Proverb ~

Since last Tuesday I’ve felt like I have been living in a vacuum – you know that feeling of emptiness and void. I’ve had writer’s block like I’ve not had in a long, long time.

We have been saturated this past week with drama and tragedy beyond words. Add to that the anniversaries of past tragedies, a much overlooked earthquake in China and typical spring weather with tornadoes tossing people’s homes in the air like Lego blocks.

Then, I’ve been trying to scan images from the past 20 to 30 years and create a documented history of the images of my life. That went south this week with “technical difficulties”.

It’s enough to give a zombie PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)…

And, then I saw today’s picture among my digital files and the first words that crossed my mind were “guiding light”….

I have made it no secret I am enamored with lighthouses. I don’t even remember the first lighthouse I saw. It could have been the remnants of a lighthouse damaged by a storm on the Gulf Coast. But, it was enough to spark a live long passion and fascination. I’ve made it a goal to visit as many lighthouses as I can whenever I visit a location and a lighthouse is nearby. There are many stories that accompany these structures. Some are tragic and some are heroic…

Sound like this past week…

In their day Lighthouses were beacons of hope for seafarers that pointed the way to safe harbor. The lighthouse keep and his family were hearty stock who many times lived in isolation miles out to sea.

Imagine being on a small (by today’s standard) wooden ship, in the dark of night on a vast sea that is just as dark. You know ahead of you is trouble and danger…and then you see it…that steady blinkblinkblink of a light telling you exactly where the danger is. I can only imagine the joy and comfort that light offered in a formidable darkness.

Today’s lighthouse is the St. Augustine (Florida) Lighthouse. It stands on the north end of Anastasia Island.

As a young nation, one of the first things the United States did was commission several lighthouses at perilous points along the its coast. In 1824 the US government commissioned a lighthouse for St. Augustine at what would be its first location. It was place close to the location of where the Spanish had an old watchtower. By 1870 the light was facing erosion and in 1880 in crashed forevermore into the sea.

Foreseeing the inevitable, the government began construction on a new light in the present location before the old light deteriorated. The new light was completed in 1874 and lit in October of that year. That lighthouse is the one standing today.

In August of 1886 a massive 7.3 earthquake rocked Charleston, South Carolina. During the quake, the St. Augustine lighthouse swayed violently, but withstood the violent shaking.

Later, during World War II the lighthouse was used as a training station for the US Coast Guard and as a lookout position for enemy ships.

Looking back at the history of the St. Augustine lighthouse it amazes me what a remarkable allegory between that lighthouse and our nation.

It is and has been dark at the foot of the lighthouse…

It has been dark at the feet of our nation… As a nation we have seen upheaval, violence, war and erosion of beliefs, values and families. But, we are still standing much like that lighthouse…

Now, to move on and survive and for peace, we must look up…not at the darkness at the foot of the lighthouse, but up at the Light, the Guiding Light…

© 2013 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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Standing in Line at Red Lobster, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Attention

Should we all stand at such alert attention in line at Red Lobster?  Evidently this fine feather friend was trying to set an example…

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Leaving Jax at Sunset, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Sunset in Jax

Shopping, haircuts, dinner, seagulls, bridges, water, and leaving Jacksonville at sunset…how was your Sunday? Mine was right civilized, thank you…

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`Nuff Said, Beverly Hicks Burch

Nuff Said

Sometimes a pictures is worth a thousand words…especially on a stormy, rainy spring day when Nature has done a back-up and you’ve had to bring our winter clothes again…

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Little Church in the Sun, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Hazel's church - Flagler Beach

This was one of destinations when we drove down to Flagler Beach a couple of weekends ago. Tall & Handsome’s mother Hazel had just passed away. Hazel had lived in Flagler for several years and while there she was a member of this little church, the Methodist Church in Flagler Beach. We took a copy of her obituary by and left it with the pastor just in case there were any of Hazel’s friends still living.

Bittersweet memories for the whole trip…

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Great Eats – Flagler Fish Company, by Beverly Hicks Burch

A good place to eat

If you happen to be in Flagler Beach, FL area and want a good place to eat, I recommend Flagler Fish Company. Tall & Handsome and I had the special the evening we were there. It just happened to be the Jerk Mahi Mahi with a black bean-pineapple salsa and a honey lime dressing. Totally awesome! Are you hungry yet?

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Confetti at the Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Survival in the sun

I was amazed at the proliferation of wildflowers growing on the roadside of A1A on the east coast of Florida as we drove down to Flagler Beach a couple of weekends ago. Aside from the sea oats that grow so infamously along the dunes of the Gulf Coast, east coast of Florida and even in Mexico, I don’t recall much vegetation “at the beach”. Everything use to be pretty much sand color…and blue…

In addition the the gaillardia (also known as Blanket Flower), and different cactus I found ,many of the above which I believe to be coreopsis, also known as Tickseed can be seen.

I personally love these new little splashes of roadside color along the coast…it’s like someone came along and had a little confetti party of color to brighten up an already pretty awesome view…

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Wading into Waves of Yesteryear…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Almost knee deep

Do you think this former surfer is looking back and thinking about waves of yesterday year? Did I also mention he was treading into waves on the last day of winter? Yep, and he said the water was warm…

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Last Day of Winter in Flagler Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Flager Beach - this corner will be the same color year round

This is what the last day of winter looks like on a corner of a fairly busy and major intersection of Flagler Beach, FL. I imagine this is what it looks like year round… Personally, I am a four season type of gal myself and actually get a get out of cooler weather, and yes, that white, frozen flakey stuff that falls from the sky. At least occasionally…

I’m told, for Snowbirds, this is Heaven…

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A True Snow Bird, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Staying afloat

Saw this fellow just after we crossed into Florida at the Welcome center on I-95. Many more of his kin could be seen flying in true “V” formation…hard to believe he’d be Christmas dinner for someone :/

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