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Thought for the weekend: The Lord will act as our guide

By Rev Gareth Burke

I have to confess to you that I'm not all that keen on this time of year. Christmas is past, but New Year has not yet arrived.

The excitement of the Christmas season has given way to the reality that another year is rapidly drawing to a close.

I'm often amazed at how quickly the years pass. As a child, I used to listen to my parents declare, "Don't the years go fast", and think "Not really!" However, I see it differently now!

How do you feel about 2015? Perhaps it's going to be a special year for you.

You might be looking forward to your forthcoming marriage, or possibly you're hoping to begin a new job.

Of course, the reality is that we don't know what lies ahead. We have no idea, as we look at all those days in our new diary, what's going to happen next year.

In his Christmas broadcast of 1939, King George VI brought considerable comfort to the nation by quoting some words from the poem At the Gate of the Year.

The King had received a copy of this poem by Minnie Louise Haskins from his young daughter, Princess Elizabeth.

The King was conscious that many people were troubled and anxious as the world was again at war and the future very uncertain. He quoted the opening lines of the poem:

I said to the man, who stood at the gate of the year,

"Give me a light that I might 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."

His advice remains true today. In all the uncertainty of life and amid all our fears, the best way forward for all of us is to be trusting in God.

He's ready to forgive us and to come to us whenever we turn from our sin and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Saviour.

We will still face difficulties and problems, but the Lord will be with us as our guide and helper.

Go out into the unknown with God.

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