Most know that our month January gets its name from the lifeless Greco-Roman god Janus, the god of doors, who was depicted with two faces. One looking back and one looking forward.
As we end the year there is no doubt that for at least a very short time we will all look two ways. Back at the old year and forward to the new with its uncertainty.
One of the best known yet least known poems was published over 100 years ago. It is the poem quoted by King George VI in his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939. It came at the end of the nine-minute broadcast:
There may be something in this for us all.
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.”
A Happy and Prosperous new year to All