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.
– Minnie Louise Haskins
. . .
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you;
he will not leave you or forsake you.”
And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me,
do not bring us up from here.”
—I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself,
that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
—For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Deuteronomy 31:8; Exodus 33:15; Jeremiah 10:23;
Psalm 37:23; Psalm 37:24; Psalm 73:23; Psalm 73:24;
Romans 8:38; Romans 8:39 ESV)
…via a timely email from my friend, yingyan xo