Bliadhna Mhath Ùr
Happy New 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 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.”
May that Almighty hand guide and uphold us.
In many poetry collections
these words are known as ‘The Gate of the Year’.
They in fact come from the poet Minnie Haskins (1875-1957).
She called her poem “God knows”.
In the first half of the Bible
through his spokesman, Jeremiah,
the Lord (God) says to his people,
“For I know the plans I have for you,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
As we go forward into 2018 I am reminded
that Jesus said to his friends,
“Your Father knows
what you need before you ask him.”
“Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying
add a single hour to your life?”
Coming to live on Tiree was one step in the adventure of faith
We are so thankful that we responded to God’s promptings.
We have so many blessings to thank him for.
So much for which to praise him.
The song writer J Hart wrote,
How good is the God we adore!
Our faithful, unchangeable friend:
his love is as great as his pow’r
and knows neither knows measure nor end.
For Christ is the first and the last;
his Spirit will guide us safe home;
we’ll praise him for all that is past
and trust him for all that’s to come.
Happy New Year at the summit of Ben Hynish