A Christmas Message from Bill W.


 ALL MEMBERS

Greetings On Our 10th Christmas, 1944

Yes, it's in the air! The spirit of Christmas once more warms  this poor distraught world.

Over the whole globe millions are  looking forward to that one day when strife can be forgotten, when  it will be remembered that all human beings, even the least are  loved by God, when men will hope for the coming of the Prince of  Peace as they never hoped before.

But there is another world which  is not poor. Neither is it distraught.

It is the world of  Alcoholics Anonymous, where thousands dwell happily and secure.

Secure  because each of us, in his own way, knows a greater power who is  love, who is just, and who can be trusted.

Nor can men and women of AA ever forget that only through suffering did they find enough  humility to enter the portals of that New World. How privileged we  are to understand so well the divine paradox that strength rises  from weakness, that humiliation goes before resurrection; that  pain is not only the price but the very touchstone of spiritual  rebirth.

Knowing it's full worth and purpose, we can no longer  fear adversity, we have found prosperity where there was poverty,  peace and joy have sprung out of the very midst of  chaos.

A Great indeed, our blessings! And so, Merry Christmas to  you all--

from the Trustees, from Bobbie and from Lois and me.
 
Bill Wilson


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