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    I was drawn to Haskins’ poem, God Knows, because like Psalm 46 it speaks of stilling the heart, accepting our veiled human vision and resting in God’s comprehension. Like the Psalm, the instructions are based on unshakable truths and practice.

    The poem gained popularity in 1939 when King George VI delivered his Christmas Day message to the English people on a BBC radio broadcast. At a time of national uncertainty and fear, the king sought to calm his people. He reminded them of the only true King, who could restore lasting peace and provide rest. King George concluded his message with the above preamble to the poem, God Knows.

    As we cross the threshold to 2018, may your heart be stilled and your arms stretched to take God’s hand.

    —Kathleen Zagata, Health Minister for the Ministerial Team

    The Gate of the Year
    God Knows

    by Minnie Louise Haskins

    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.

    So heart be still:
    What need our little life
    Our human life to know,
    If God hath comprehension?
    In all the dizzy strife
    Of things both high and low,
    God hideth His intention.

    God knows. His will
    Is best. The stretch of years
    Which wind ahead, so dim
    To our imperfect vision,
    Are clear to God. Our fears
    Are premature; In Him,
    All time hath full provision.

    Then rest: until
    God moves to lift the veil
    From our impatient eyes,
    When, as the sweeter features
    Of Life’s stern face we hail,
    Fair beyond all surmise
    God’s thought around His creatures
    Our mind shall fill.