Sunday, February 28, 2010

better and safer

-I had an amazing dinner at Andrea and Tilmann's last night. His family was visiting from Germany and we had the most delicious food: red snapper, cod and tuna with an amazing dill cream sauce and potatoes and vegetables. The conversation was entertaining and on the way out, it was all topped off by spotting this Celtic (I assume) writing on a table that speaks so much to my time of discernment right now. How profound and hopeful.

-The McNeills at church have adopted a new dog named Molly and they brought her to a lunch today and the Trinders and we all doted on the adorably scruffy salt-and-pepper colored pooch. She just reveled in the attention and you could tell that Sheila just adores her.

-My dear friend Rob writing a facebook note about "beating the late-winter funk" and saying to be on the lookout for the grace that abounds and mentioning my blog, which of course was a glimpse of grace in itself for me.


The Wee Brown-Eyed Girl said...

LOVE that quote!

Meghan said...

According to Google Answers:

This poem was written in 1908 by Minnie Louise Haskins, an American
lecturer at the London School of Economics, who wrote as a hobby. It
was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth the late Queen Mother, who showed
it to her husband King George VI. He included it in his famous
Christmas message broadcast in 1939 at the beginning of the Second
World War. After the King's death the Queen Mother had it engraved on
bronze plaques on the entrance to the King George VI Memorial Chapel,
Windsor, where both are now interred. It was also read at the funeral
service of the Queen Mother.

Leo said...

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!'

So I went forth and finding the Hand of God
Trod gladly into the night
He led me towards the hills
And the breaking of day in the lone east.

So heart be still!
What need our human life to know
If God hath comprehension?

In all the dizzy strife of things
Both high and low,
God hideth his intention."

by Minnie Louise Harkins

Whitney said...

Thanks for researching it! It's really interesting to know where it actually came from and read the rest of it. What a brilliant poem.