I am starting this Prayer Letter today with words written by a Sunday School Teacher, Minnie Louise Haskins. Our present Queen at the age of 13 handed them to her Father, King George VIth and he used them in his Christmas Speech in 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.
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’.
Just before Christmas we were able to enjoy the Emergency Services’ Carol Service organised by Sussex CPA. Truly grateful for the amount of work that went into the wonderful production.
Here below are some thoughts sent to me by Mike Jones on what was said.
One phrase from Archie Coats’ sermon at the Emergency Services Carol Service will not leave me: “You are Prisoners of Hope”.
I thought it strange at the time. I have known Archie a long time (he was a Curate at our church). So, I was not surprised when, during a low time, shortly after, it was as though God was saying to me, ‘This is not about how you feel Mike, you are a Prisoner of Hope. You can’t get away from My Hope, it’s done, you have My Hope, you’re stuck with it, I will never leave you.’
Many Blessings as you walk into this New Year holding God’s Hand. Living in His Hope.