Costa Mesa, Ca.
January 1, 2023
Dear Family & Friends:
On the darkest eve 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 start 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, Peaceful and Prosperous 2023.
It truly is a wonderful world, and God is good.
*quoting from the poem “Gate of the Year” by Minnie Louise Haskins
And may you, Sharon and your family have a blessed New Year with happiness & good health!
Beautiful message! Wishing you a happy new year too!
Blessings, Bill, and your yearly homily reminds me of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ s words, “The morning prayer determines the day.”
Prayer gives life purpose.
Happy New Year Bill praying for a good 2023! And hoping for big adventures!
Thank you, Bill, for words of inspiration as we start a new year. And thank you for sharing your experiences on the Camino to Santiago this past year. It meant a lot. Hope to see you and Lisa at another American Pilgrims Camino in the months ahead. Best wishes to you and your family.
Wishing Faith, Hope, Love and all God’s Blessing to you and all your loved ones throughout 2023 and beyond.
Your friend from Alton, IL 2019
Blessings, Bill, to you and your family. Friends matter! Family matters!
Thank you Bill! I’m inspired by your faith and goodwill and your incredible accomplishments and I’m looking forward to your next amazing adventure.
Happy New Year to you and your family, Bill! I’ll never forget our fun time together in Vicksburg, MS! Wishing you and yours a prosperous and healthy 2023!
Happy New Years to you and your family from Saugerties New York
A healthy and happy New Year to you and your family. Keep trekking.