New Year’s Blessing from Captain Jim

I recently finished reading L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne’s House of Dreams,” the fifth in the Anne of Green Gables series. One of the best parts of the book is Captain Jim.

Anne, Gilbert, Leslie, Marshall, and Jim are all at the lighthouse, waiting out the old year.

A few minutes before twelve Captain Jim rose and opened the door.

“We must let the New Year in,” he said.

Outside was a fine blue night.

Everyone stands before the door and waits, each lost in thought. Then the clock strikes twelve.

“Welcome, New Year,” said Captain Jim, bowing low as the last stroke died away. “I wish you all the best year of your lives, mates. I reckon that whatever the New Year brings us will be the best the Great Captain has for us—and somehow or other we’ll all make port in a good harbour.”

Happy sailing in 2017, friends.


  1. LOVE it!

  2. Beautiful excerpt. New Year’s blessings to you, Megan!

  3. This feels like getting a greeting card from Anne herself!

  4. From Cpt. Jim’s lips to the ears of the Great Captain. Amen.