Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Contest deadlines loom

If you're a Canadian Christian poet who plans to enter the current contest running at the Utmost Christian Writers Canadian site - get writing! The deadline is just three weeks away (January 31st, 2008).

The theme for the current contest is:
"Redeemed. Your winning poem will deal in some way with redemption. Your poem must have a spiritual message relating to redemption. As always, literary excellence is required of winners."

Ca$h prizes!


Entry form

Read previous winners here.


For Christian poets from anywhere/everywhere - the annual Utmost Christian Poetry Contest entries are due February 28th (must be postmarked February 28th or before). No theme for this contest. Total prizes - a whopping $4000.00!


Winning poems from past contests linked here.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Gate of the Year

The Gate of the Year

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 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
He led me towards the hills
And the breaking of day in the lone east.

So heart be still!
What need our human life to know
If God hath comprehension?

In all the dizzy strife of things
Both high and low,
God hideth his intention.

"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 minds shall fill."

by Minnie Haskins (1875-1957) from a poem of hers called "God Knows", in a collection, The Desert, published in 1908.

(Note: the last stanza of the poem was provided by an anonymous reader - Thank you! I'm not sure if there should be stanza breaks.)

Minnie Louise Haskins (1875 - 1957)


I first saw this poem on Just Thinking. Nancy tells us the story of the poem and its author here.

Related: "At the Gate of the Year"

King George VI's Christmas message, 1939 (audio)