Eighty years ago, on Christmas Day, King George VI of England addressed the Empire via radio broadcast. It was the end of 1939, and Churchill had declared a state of war with Germany only a few months before. The new year of 1940 would bring unimaginably dark days, and His Majesty could make no promises of peace or victory. He could only pledge to lead his people toward the abyss with unwavering confidence in God.

He did so by quoting a poem, a favorite of his wife Queen Elizabeth (mother of the present monarch). Though today we are not facing another world war, I always find this piece to be relevant. We are on the cusp of a fascinatingly futuristic new decade, but with all the familiar challenges of a broken humanity. We need godly homes and families as much as ever.

Others might counsel you to “own” the new year, or “crush” it. I suggest we treat it as a gift from God, and recall that whatever comes, we are always here to do His Will.

God Knows, by Minnie Louise Haskins

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.

You can find the full broadcast of the King’s Christmas Message here (with lots of good bits about peace and home). May God bless your family and your service to Him in the coming year.