Beacon Hunters is a collection of short essays, stories, and poetry by three friends and pastoral colleagues. Grant, Hoelscher and Meier collaborated during the pandemic to hunt for sources of guiding lights to truth & hope. Each piece is offered as field notes for those on their own journey of faith. Sometimes we need help to see the truth that shines in our daily lives. Each story is presented not as a prescriptive solution, but as a way to spark readers' memories and new insights. The book may serve as a prompt for discussion among friends and small groups. Each reader is invited to become a beacon hunter in their own experience.
"Morning has broken, a new day dawns. Out of the wreckage of a worldwide pandemic, Beacon Hunters brings light and hope to the world by taking the ordinary and mundane of daily life, and exposing its extraordinary joy. Reachable and relevant, the stories and poems of this book highlight the human experience in way that almost any reader can relate to, on multiple levels. Your favorite mug shattering, the return of hummingbirds, the mesmerizing light of a candle…these are the small things that are truly the big things and the stuff of human emotion and expression. Deb, Travis and Lisa share a bit of the world around them in the hopes that you will also seek and find the depth, mystery and meaning in the world all around you. If you are traveling a well-worn path through life, but find yourself looking for a lighthouse, or a beacon of direction and hope, this book is it."
-The Rev. Heather Hansen,
Campus Pastor, San Antonio, Texas
“I did not possess the ability to generate light. In order to see the whole truth, I needed a source of light outside myself to get the whole picture.” Deb Grant’s words in her essay, Mammoth Cave, describe the essence of Beacon Hunters, a collection of essays, poems, reflections and meditations by Grant, Lisa Hoelscher and Travis Meier. Revealed on these pages are sources of light drawn from the experiences and memories of three pastors gifted at putting thoughts into words,
giving readers a glimpse of a bigger picture, and inviting introspection.
The pandemic-weary or anyone will find a light that shines from these pages.
-The Rev. Amy Walter-Peterson,
Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fairport, NY