By Ralphine Major

It is the Bible verse that always comes to mind at the start of a new year.  From Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “ . . . but one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 (NAS).  It seems the perfect combination of words to end one year and start the next, providing hope and inspiration as we turn a page in life’s journey.  Reflecting on 2018, it was a year of record rainfall, devastating hurricanes, and historic wildfires.  Now, it is a part of America’s history.  A new year lies before us.

Perhaps it was the gospel song so popular in the seventies that started me collecting lighthouses.  Known for years as beacons of light to guide sailors on the seas, they stand tall and proud in quiet grandeur.  I always think of them as a symbol of hope in the world.  A beautiful lighthouse set against a winter landscape seemed fitting to enjoy with this new year’s column.  May 2019 bring you hope, adventure, and opportunity; peace and joy; good health and happiness; and may you be blessed abundantly by our Heavenly Father as we navigate together through this year!