Monthly Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I suspect many of us have never faced a new year in this country with as much sense of uncertainty, fearfulness and disagreement as we did a year ago.  The arguments of Brexit seemed to stand over everything, with division in Parliament  spilling out into communities and with many families deeply divided, as we looked ahead with uncertainty, which still continues to a degree as we enter another new year and a new decade.   In this situation in which we now find ourselves, I am reminded of the words of Minnie Louise Haskins, made famous by King George VI in his Christmas Day message of 1939. 

“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. 

More than eight decades have passed since King George VI used the words as part of his Christmas Message to a troubled nation, Great Britain being at war.  As King George concluded his message of encouragement, he read the preamble to the poem that had been brought to his attention by his young daughter, Princess Elizabeth.

The poem’s wisdom was true for the British people on that Christmas Day in 1939 and it is true for us today.   The violence in Syria with innocent children being maimed and in some instances killed, the violence in Somalia, the Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Hong Kong; and the violence on the streets of this country with the stabbing of innocent people, all contributing to the fear.    

If we, as a nation did indeed take to heart these words we could well find that life might be very different.  But as our Queen reminded us in her Christmas Day  broadcast  this year it is the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the lasting change. 

So as we move into another year may each one of us take to heart these words and how they can make a difference to our lives and to the lives of our communities.

With every blessing for 2020