Taking God’s hand into the coming year

By Rick James

Every New Year, I’m reminded of this poem by Minnie Louise Haskins quoted at the outbreak of World War II by the British King George VI. I really like the image of taking God’s hand and walking into the uncertain year ahead.:

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.

You can read the rest of the poem here. It may be helpful in the next few days or couple of weeks, to make some time to prayerfully contemplate the year ahead and commit it to God. As I enter 2023, I know I need to still my striving, busy and all-too anxious soul and take God’s hand into the darkness. To help me do this, I’m planning to go for a long prayer walk this weekend with my wife.

How might you still your soul at the start of the year? What will work for you?

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