Grace morning on this thankful and tranquil Thursday.
A “good news” newspaper called, appropriately, Good News, was founded in 1970 by publisher Bill Bailey. It folded after only 16 months. It was founded on the principle that, in a world of gloom and doom, people need to hear good news—the bi-weekly paper refused to publish any bad news.
So what went wrong? “The Good News Paper was started with a lot of optimism and very little money,” said Bailey. “After 16 months of publication—sometimes spasmodically, and despite a readership in all 50 states and nine foreign countries—we were unable to attract the national advertisers we needed to pay our bills.”
While Bailey was willing to share his disappointment with other press outlets (the “gloom and doom” ones, no doubt), he remained faithful to his original intent and printed only “good news” right up to his final issue. Headlines that day read: "No war declared in 16 weeks.
The saucier the news the more we like it. But there is nothing saucy or seedy about the message of God's pure offer of love and forgiveness.
I know that this time of year is supposed to be one of family and joyful celebrating but there are some who are experiencing heartaches from a broken home, overwhelming financial troubles, or serious health issues.
God knew your name and loved you long before you were born. He has plans to prosper you and give you a future despite your weaknesses. He is faithful to make a way for you even when the road is closed.
“The angel said, "Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 CEB
Good news may not be for everyone but God wants us to share it to everyone. In spite of the gloom you face, keep the presses running by sharing God's message of hope and love!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this trouble-less and triumphant Thursday!