Here we are, well underway with the start of a new year, the new decade though just beginning. With all the promise and potential that new beginnings hold. Even more so, we have this wonderful promise filled truth that our God rejoices in offering us a new beginning. Something that supecedes a calendar date. It’s a new beginning for life and for eternity. Any mistakes or messups, failures or betrayals we can leave behind and take hold of the grace that God gives us for every new day.

The truth is we don’t know what the future holds. We have our hopes, dreams and plans and dates on our calendars, but nonetheless the days ahead are unknown. But no matter what we step into this year, what opportunities or obstacles we face, the good times and the challenging, we do have the certainty that God is there with us.

What better way to start the year, than in the hand of God.

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.

(Excerpt of poem by Minnie Louise 1908)