On Christmas day I posted the annual Christmas message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Today as we start a new year it seems appropriate to give an excerpt from a speech given by her father, his Christmas message in 1939.
The Second World War was underway and at that point the Nazis had had considerable success. Things looked pretty bleak, and this message of hope touched a lot of people. I don’t think 2016 looks quite as bleak (though I suppose that depends on where you live) but the words still convey a lot of hope.
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.
- Minnie Louise Harkins 1875-1957
That’s still good advice. You can hear the king’s recording of it yourself here.