King George VI in his Christmas speech in 1939 quoted from a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins. Great Britain was engaged in a war for the second time in 20 years. The words that gave the British much comfort were these:
“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.”
This New Year holds much that is unknown. Some will approach it as darkness others will approach it with great enthusiasm. Regardless of our approach, when our hands are in God’s hand we are secure.
Many of our residents and those seeking food and shelter from us are facing unknowns they find frightening. Just or not feelings, we offer them the hand of God to hold as the step into the unknown. “The Hand of God is better than light and safer than a known way.”
What can best help homeless and hungry people is understanding and compassion. If we could just grasp the anxiety and fear they have at the unknown we could help them so much more. Our job at Union Mission is to help them find “the Hand of God, and trod gladly into the night.”
If we can learn to take the hand of God at all times it is not hard to find it in the trial and turmoil. If we can help the addicted and homeless grasp the hand of God then life is not so frightening.
The New Year is before us and with our hands in the loving hands of God we can know a secure and happy tomorrow.
Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
George E. Batten