NEWS | John Sandeman
Thursday 3 March 2016
The story of the Queen affirming her faith has gone around the world (Here). But there’s more. In her introduction to a new book, The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, published this week by Bible Society UK, HOPE and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) she writes about her father, King George VI, urging the people of Britain to put their faith in God during World War 2.
Like many others who lived under the carpet bombing of London, known as the Blitz, my mother never forgot the words the King said, and could quote them late into her life.
Here is what the Queen wrote:
“As I embark on my 91st year, I invite you to join me in reflecting on the words of a poem quoted by my father, King George VI, in his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939, the year that this country went to war for the second time in a quarter of a century:”
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.
The words were written by Minnie Haskins (1875-1957) who was a Wesleyan Methodist missionary to Madras (Chennai), India, and later a lecturer at the London School of Economics. As the bombs fell on London, her poem encouraged many to put their trust in God in a perilous time.