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Breathe deeply. Relax. What is your hope for 2021? Have you spent time thinking and reflecting on that over the past few weeks?
Is 2021 going to be a better year? Is it going to be a worse year? Does it matter?
If you think it is going to be a better year… what is going to make it better? Where is your hope placed?
Perhaps you could take some time this week to reflect on this poem. We are all at a gate. Are you wondering what is beyond that gate? For you? For us? For all of humanity?
The Gate of the Year
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 be still:
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.
by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)