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Sunday, January 1, 2012

The New Year And New Hope

 "The Gate of the Year"


- Minnie Louise Haskins (1908)

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

So heart bestill: 
What need our little life  
Our human life to know,  
If God hath comprehension? 
In all the dizzy strife  
Of things both high and low,  
God hideth His intention.
God knows. 
His will Is best. 
The stretch of years  
Which wind ahead, so dim  
To our imperfect vision,  
Are clear to God. 
Our fears  
Are premature; 
In Him, All time hath full provision.
Then rest: until God moves to lift the veil  
From our impatient eyes,  
When, as the sweeter features  
Of Life’s stern face we hail,  
Fair beyond all surmise  
God’s thought around His creatures  
Our mind shall fill. 

This poem became popular and caught the attention of many people when Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) handed a copy of it to her husband, King George VI and used it as one inspirational quote in his Christmas Broadcast in 1939. God Knows is the original title given by the author but it is popularly known as Gate of the Year.
It has also caught my attention as it was a part of our family devotion before the turns of the year.  (Using some of my devotional piece from my subscription in  crosswalk is really a blessing, authored by different remarkable christians who stood by their faith.) This poem is a think tank on what a light can do to move in the darkness, to see what is known, to see what lies ahead this new year..and yet the most that we can do is to sink our hands deeply to God so He would light and lead us into the path of the unknown. 
"He who trusts in the Lord will be exalted," (Proverbs 29:25) Nothing is better if we could light our path by following His words yet there is more than reading it...if we could hold on Him knowing He wouldn't lead us astray ... so whatever the struggles that we have left behind, a new hope for this new year is to keep holding on to His promises, trusting God and let Him lead us.

And as we make the turn to a new year, face that needs and sink our hand more deeply into God's hand. Pray for one another that as we embark upon a new year, God will grant us and our family His favor. 

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