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.
Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
Lord Jesus Christ,
there’s nothing special about us,
nothing exceptional that will make people sit up and take notice.
We’re not particularly good or loving,
much though we’d like to be,
nor do we possess saintly or special qualities.
We’re just ordinary people seeking to love and serve you better.
Yet, with your help,
we can make a difference nonetheless.
In various ways,
no matter how small,
we can help to brighten up this world.
Shine upon us,
so that our light in turn may shine among others.
Show us what you would have us do,
and help us to do it.
Author: Nick Fawcett from his book, (Collected Prayers for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany for public Worship)