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At the Gate of the Year



“In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray.” – Dante Alighieri


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
For 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.”

My prayer for all of you during this new year is that you might discover what it is to put your trust in God.  This poem by Minnie Louise Haskins has been one of my favorites since college.  As you stand at the gate of this new year, with all of it’s uncertainties and unknowns, I pray that you will have the courage to repudiate the known way and put your hand into the hand of God; for His ways truly are better than the known way.  As the poem so eloquently states, what need do we have to know what lies ahead when God Himself hath comprehension?  He knows what your future holds, and if He bids you to come to Him (as He does to us all) then come we must. For He is offering His protection, His provisions, His equipping and most spectacularly of all, His righteousness. Happy New Year… and may you trust in Him for all things.

9 thoughts on “At the Gate of the Year

  1. Todd

    Happy New year Aaron. I saw on the news that Portland was under a lot of snow. Sounds like us here in Cincinnati only we know how to drive in it 🙂

    Thanks for all the updates. I stop by here a lot but don’t comment as much as I would like. Are you going to be in Florida again this year? I hope so. Happy New Year to you and your family.


  2. Ryan

    Good poem. I like it a lot. In fact, I think I’m going to use it for one of my assignments in seminary. Happy New Year!

  3. I don’t get it. But I wuz never good at poems and this one sounds religous and that makes it harder for me to get but I still love you man!. Happy New Yeer Aaron and Aarons family.

  4. Hey guys, I’m really bad at responding to comments. Thanks for commenting though!

    Thanks for the New Years wishes.

  5. Clint Mitchell

    What’s not to understand in the poem? The poem says to simply trust in God for all things. We so often trust in only ourselves and stumble in the dark because we walk in the dark UNTIL we walk in His light. His light shows the stumbling blocks in our path.

  6. Mindy

    I just heard the opening lines of this poem at the end of a movie with James Stewart called Mortal Storm. Great film!

  7. Heh.. I just realized that I left Anthro’s question unanswered. Thanks Clint. A little late I suppose but Anthro- if you’re out there, Clint is correct. Trust in God for all things in every corner of your life.

    @Mindy, thanks for the film recommendation. I have not seen it but I am a Stewart fan. I’ll have to check it out.

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