Imagine how it must have felt like living in the UK in the Autumn of 1939. Britain and France had declared war on Nazi Germany on September 3rd. George VI, the king, concluded his Christmas Day message with these words, written by Minnie Louise Haskins:
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!’
I am sure those words gave people hope in a very dark time. Where all might seem hopeless there is hope, just if we trust and surrender ourselves. In a world where we like to be in control, the ability to trust is one which does not always come easy.