My Annual New Year’s Message

Costa Mesa, Ca.

January 1, 2019

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 begin this 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 2019.

Bill Burke

*quoting from the poem “Gate of the Year” by Minnie Louise Haskins


10 thoughts on “My Annual New Year’s Message

  1. Thinking of you and your family Mr. Burke… it is comforting to read the words you have written here. Wishing you a year of great health and all the time with your family you can fit into each day! 🙂

  2. Bill, it is your Canadian follower again…wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year for 2019. I look forward to hearing more about your travels and adventures planned for this year.

  3. Happy New Year, Bill! We’ve been spending some time in Costa Mesa. It’s been a while since the days of the “Hanging Paragraph”. Hope you’re doing well!

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