Put Your Hand in the Hand of God

In 1939, the British people were facing the possibility and uncertainty of war. The King’s Christmas broadcast, looking ahead into the dark days of 1940, provided a word of hope. It is a word that we need today:

I said to a 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 a light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night.

Note: the works are from Louise Haskins’ “The Gate of the Year.” The poem had been published in 1908 and came to the King George’s attention through a Christmas card. The words were also included at the close of the 1940 film, “The Mortal Storm”

Leave a Reply