Good News from a Far Country
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Some people translate that "so is good news from a distant land." Living in the kind of world that you and I have to live in, we certainly could use a message of good news. A great deal of what we hear day by day is a message of bad news. Daily reports in the newspaper, on radio and television bring us messages of bad news. We seem to be geared to messages of bad news. I heard that the Miami Herald, several years ago, decided on a particular day that they would publish a newspaper that would only have stories about good news. They announced it ahead of time, prepared the people and determined that in that issue it would only be a message of good news. That particular week a news story broke that was one of the catastrophes in the world, yet they stood by their decision to print only good news. As the story goes, they did it but the circulation and sale of that paper was one of the lowest ever in the history of the newspaper.
Every day there are messages of violence and tragedy, heartache and horror. I heard about a lady who called for her T.V. repairman to come. She said, "I'm having trouble with my television." He came in and said, "Well, what's the problem?" About that time the news came on and she said, "Well, look at that news reporter. Look at his long face." The T.V. repairman looked at him and then said, "Well, ma'am, if you had to report what he's reporting you'd have a long face, too." I think that's true because just about everything we hear is bad news. I find myself agreeing with the country song, "We sure could use a little good news today." That's what Easter is all about. That's what the Christian Gospel is all about. That's what the church is all about. That's what the Bible is all about. The Bible is primarily a message of good news. There is some bad news in the Bible. There is bad news in the Bible about you and I. ...
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