The Gate of the Year

"The Gate of the Year" is the popular name given to a poem written by Minnie Louise Haskins in 1908. The title given to it by the author was "God Knows".  It is one of my favorite poems (despite its Calvinistic leanings), and I offer it as a prayer to begin this New Year of our Lord 2015.

God Knows holding-handsAnd 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.

May the light of the Lord guide you into this New Year of our Lord, 2015 A. D.! Bishop Mike Lowry