“Holding you in the light” is a promise I read on Facebook today. It was a statement of deep concern for another. I do not even know the person who posted it. But I was moved by it, and thought of the many times in my life when someone was holding me in the light.
Being held in the light means several things in my mind. It means holding someone in God’s healing light. It means holding someone in God’s light of warmth and comfort. It means helping someone who is walking in darkness find the way with God lighting their pathway.
Experiencing darkness can be disconcerting and frightening. God’s light can make it bearable.
“The Gate of the Year” is the popular name given to a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins. I often think of the words of that poem and gain courage from it.
“. . . Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
“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?
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.
In every circumstance that troubles you, in every dark place in which you find yourself, may someone near hold you in the light.