Powerful is your arm!
Strong is your hand!
World War II had been spreading its slaughter for four months when, as 1939 wound down, 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.”
Walk boldly into the NewYear with
your hand in the hand of God.