King George VI broadcast to the nation at the end of 1939, when we were facing a second world war. I often think of his words at the end of a year. They speak to us in our hopes for the future, but also our fears of the unknown. He does not offer false hope or superficial comfort. Nobody would have been impressed. Instead, he faces up to a future which was full of fear, and recognises that we have no control over what happens to us. Instead, we can find wisdom and strength to guide us through the darkness that would surely come, by trusting the One who is greater than any darkness.
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 better than light, and safer than a known way.’
A happy and peaceful new year to all my friends!