Saturday, 1 January 2011

The gate of the year...

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 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.
He led me towards the hills
And the breaking of day in the lone east.

So heart be still!
What need 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 feature of life’s
Stern face we hail, fair beyond all surmise God’s
Thought around His creatures our minds shall fill.

Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957


Hat tip to Angela from Tracing Rainbows, I had not heard this poem before. Pop over to her New Year post as she shares a little of the interesting history of this poem.


  1. This is such a comfort, thank you for sharing it sweet friend.

    Happy New Year!

  2. It is a beautiful poem, I'm so glad Angela shared it on her blog. Happy new year to you too. Hugs.

  3. It is a beautiful and inspiring poem. Thank you.

  4. Great post. I hadn't heard that poem before. It is a reminder that God is there right by your side. God Bless

  5. I have alway sloved this poem, thank you.

  6. Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it, my friend. :)

  7. I used to live in England, loved it, and like seeing your pictures.