Powerful is your arm!
Strong is your hand!
  —Psalm 89:13

On Christmas Eve 1939, four months into the havoc of World War II, King George VI reached out to the ears of British citizens in a BBC radio broadcast. He closed his speech with the preamble to Minnie Louise Haskins’ The Gate of the Year:

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.”

As the old year dies and a new one is born, put your hand into the hand of God: “That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

365 blank pages—each to be
scripted by you and God.

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