Costa Mesa, Ca.
December 31, 2014
Dear Family & Friends:
During the darkest days of World War II, King George VI came to the microphone of the BBC to deliver the annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth.
He spoke these eloquent and immortal words:
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 a light and safer than the known way.”
As we approach the New Year, I take comfort in these words, and look forward to the future with great hope, promise and anticipation for the good things to come.
I wish all of you God’s richest blessings, and I hope you have a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015.
Thanks Bill and blessings to you. Twenty-four of us will usher in the new year with our fourth annual El Capitan Preserve hike. I will, again, give the New Year benediction on the theme of closure/completion and beginnings/goals. I may reuse the words of King George VI
We won’t be doing anything adventurous at all, but I love the words you have given us today. Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family!
Thanks, Bill. To you and yours also. Loved the picture of the family on the staircase.
Thanks for posting these beautiful words. Perfect for beginning the new year. Love and blessings to you and Sharon for 2015.
Looking forward to vicarious — and once or twice, actual — participation on another year of Burkeian adventure. Warm wishes to you and yours; see you on the trail!
Likewise, all best wishes for the New Year to you and your family, Bill.