Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At the Gate of the New Year

Greetings as we await the New Year.
Calendars set off time like fences define space…

and New Year’s Eve sits on the line a bit like a gate. 

I find gates fascinating in their ability to invite or repel.

A friend reflecting on how "as we enter a New Year we do not know what lies ahead," posted a few lines from a poem. Of course we don’t know what's ahead, we never really do, and that can strike one alternately as both exciting and at times repellent. 

And as I experience that it is often easy for me to overlook the obvious, I found myself grateful for her flatly stating that we do not know what lies ahead....and for the lines of poetry she shared; a poem, she says, she likes to read each new year.

At 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!'
 by Minnie Louise Haskins (1908) *

At the gate of this new year, I wish much for others and 

for myself … may it be a gentle year, healthy, productive, 

joyous and full of step by step 


  Happy New Year to You

*This is actually quite a famous poem and if you would like to know more about it and the poet who lived from 1875 to 1957 and had a very varied and interesting career,  there is an excellent brief on her life 


Pom Pom said...

Happy New Year! Praying for awareness and hope in Him! ❤️

John said...

I am sure you and Mark will fill this next years calendar with great memories. Have a wonderful 2015.

joanne said...

well said, oh and I love gates too. They really do tell a story. Best wishes for the New Year as we take the Lords hand and let him lead us safely into the unknown. Peace and love dear one.

GretchenJoanna said...

That is the best advice - Put your hand in His hand! Happy New Year to our dear friends!


My daughter just posted this same quote.She found it from the king's Christmas speech years ago. Beautiful words of truth.

A very happy new year, dear faithful blogging friend.


Neal said...

Happy New Year Jeannette.. May 2015 be all that you hope for... Blessings

Judith, Belfast said...

Hi J, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Sadly I'm not able to reply to you directly as you are a 'no reply comment blogger'. Happy New Year, Jxo

Leslie said...

Whoa, that iron gate is BEAUTIFUL. I love that so much. Happy New Year!

A Soulful Life said...

I've always loved that poem. Happy New Year to you!

Mark said...

If I were a gate...I'd swing on my hinges
opening wide on all that impinges
on dreams and visions and noble perception;
for fears and falsehoods I'd make an exception.

If I were a gate, I ask you to ponder,
Am I a barrier or passage to wonder?
Is it freedom from or freedom to,
or is it just something you're going through?

The best gates I guess are those that remain
in use like a favorite old song's refrain.
From shelter to pasture to realms far beyond,
the gate to the world is also the gateway back home.