There is a great Christian hymn written in the late 19th century entitled "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy." I've included an audio portion below.
The beacon from a lighthouse is not enough to guide a ship into harbor--we need more lights. We are those lower lights. We bring people home in reaching out and showing that we care.
This morning, one of those lights went out.
Gilbert Sims Capson, my grandpa, passed away after a lifetime of bringing ships home. His light burned bright--brighter than any other I have seen. He would be the first to deny any such accolades, but that is because he did not help others to gain recognition; he helped because he loved. He knew what it meant to worry about paying bills, feeding children, and fixing a house, and he wanted to ease the burden of those who struggled.
I will miss him, yet I still feel a close connection. I will remember him whenever I stop at a 7-11 to get a couple of sodas. I will remember him when I see piles of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and apples. I will remember him when I pile my kids in the car and go for a long drive in the countryside.
I will remember him by giving service.