The Gate of the Year

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light so that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a known light and safer than a known way.” — Minnie Louise Haskins, The Gate of the Year, 1908

Many of us have started 2017 hoping for a better year; better health, better marriages, better families, better churches, better workplaces, better finances, perhaps even better grades at school. If 2016 involved some dark days, we’re hopeful that this year will include better times.

minnie-louise-haskinsGive me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” That seems a reasonable and fair prayer. But Minnie Haskins, in her famous poem quoted by King George VI, knew that what we need is not light and understanding, but trust and Presence. Our lives are not transformed by clarity but by confidence. Some of us, of course, believe that clarity is what breeds confidence. But our hope is in the Lord, not any certainties about circumstances.

Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a known light and safer than a known way.

May we find Christ all-sufficient for all of us in all circumstances this year.

Because of Grace.


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11 Responses to The Gate of the Year

  1. cloviskaram says:

    Dear David, Thanks for the mail, I could not have imagined a better and inspiring introduction to my Existentialism 117 class at csus for Spring 2017. Kierkegaard’s leap of faith as opposed to Sartrian and Cam’s absurd…will be highlighted. Regards Dr.clovis karam 916 730 4829

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  2. Tim Brokaw says:

    Somewhere I ran across this quote and used it in a message. Ravi Zacharias had attributed it to the speech by King George VI. I didn’t know that the King was quoting a poem. Thanks for the additional insight and for your on point reflection.

    • David Timms says:

      Tim, thanks for your note. It’s a timeless truth! I saw the Haskins quote for the first time last night reading a book titled “Finding Faith in the Dark” by Laurie Short. Blessings this year!

  3. Judi says:

    I both love and (to be honest,) hate the upside-down teachings of Jesus!
    Closing your eyes to everything but what you can’t see, when facing trials requires deep faith and saying ‘no’ to self will.
    Reading of people’s ‘tried and true’ experiences is such comfort and encouragement to me.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • David Timms says:

      Judi, thanks for the thoughtful reply. The teachings of Christ certainly turn things upside down. I suppose that’s what it takes to right the ship when everything is upside down already! 🙂 Blessings.

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  5. chuckm49 says:

    Hi David,
    Great perspective on starting the new year trusting our Lord fully in every life circumstance. Much Appreciated my good friend and Mentor.

  6. Scot Longyear says:

    Great thoughts – as usual.


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