Slowly, is seems that Lighthouse is getting back to a “new normal”, but not quite where we were before the coronavirus outbreak. With reduced opening hours and only two tables in the revised café we seem to be coping. Thank you all for bearing with us during these difficult times and for co-operating by wearing your face masks and using the hand sanitizer when entering the shop.
Over the past few months we have had three Bible related incidences, which are worth relating. During the early days of the lock-down while the shop was closed, one of the trustees would visit each week to check everything was alright. On one occasion a homeless man was sitting on the pavement across the road. He came across and knocked on the shop door. The trustee opened it and explained that we were shut. He said he just wanted a Bible and so the trustee took him down to the second-hand book section and offered him a choice from those there. He selected one and explained that living on the streets, he often had his things stolen, and had recently lost his Bible. He left clutching his new Bible.
The second story revolves around the large print Bible in the shop window. Actually, it is a New Testament and Psalms. A foreign gentleman came into the shop and asked to buy it. Apparently his eyesight was poor and the large print would be easier for him to read. It was explained that that copy was not for sale, but that we did have a large print Bible he could buy, with slightly smaller print. He bought it and left.
A few weeks later he was back, again asking to buy the Bible in the window and again it was explained to him that it was not for sale. But we did promise to see if we could find a copy for him. We checked our copy and it was supplied by The Gideons, so Penny rang their local representative and it turned out they had a copy they could let us have. A couple of days after it was delivered to the shop, the gentleman turned up again and was given his own copy. He too, left clutching his new Bible.
The third incident also relates to the Bible in the shop window. There is often a queue for the Nationwide next door which forms outside Lighthouse. As the people stand there they sometimes look into the shop. One morning a man put his head round the shop door and asked if we could turn over the page of the Bible as he had reached the bottom of the page!
One of our prayers at Lighthouse is that the Word of God can spread out into the world as the rays of light radiate from a lighthouse. This is usually accomplished by the small Biblical texts in greeting cards and on other items which we sell, as well as Bibles and other books. But the stories above show us that God is able to get His Word out in ways we don’t expect. That is why we believe that he wants Lighthouse to be a beacon on the high street
Christmas is coming and from about the middle of October Penny will be putting out her Christmas stock. Real Christmas cards that share the story of the nativity and other gifts will be available.
Thank you for your continued support. May God bless each and every one of you.