It was the father of the current Queen, King George VI, who famously quoted Minnie Louise Haskins’ “Gate of the Year” poem in his 1939 speech.
It’s still worth our reflection on this last day of 2012. Here is part of the poem:
And 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.