Let Not Our Hearts Be Troubled in 2013

THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH.

THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH.

Elizabeth, a 13-year-old British girl, had a favorite poem, which was published in a little book, titled “The Desert,” which was authored by a hardly-known poetess, Minnie Louise Haskins.

“Lilebet,” as the young lass was affectionate known by her family, so loved the poem that she shared it with her father. And he, in turn, shared it with all of Britannia.

You see Lilebet’s dad was King George VI. And in a 1939 broadcast, marking the holiday season, he read aloud the poem his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, entrusted to him.

Haskins’ Spirit-filled prose resonated with the British public, which found her poem  inspirational as they ushered in an uncertain New Year.

It follows herewith:

God Knows

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.

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