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“A Little Good News”

We sure could use a little good news today!  The weather has been creating havoc, shootings have occurred in New Zealand and the Netherlands, violence is reported regularly on TV news coverage, newspaper articles detail people attacking and criticizing each other instead of working things out, a baby is found dead along  the roadside in Minnesota…  how about a little good news?

Back in 1983 the topic was also raised about “A Little Good News”, a song recorded by Canadian country music artist Anne Murray.  In the United States, it was a #1 hit single, staying a total of 20 weeks on the country charts overall.  In the song, Anne Murray expresses despair over all of the violence and suffering she reads about in newspapers and witnesses on TV news coverage, and notes how wonderful it would be if, for just one day, the newspapers and television news anchors had nothing to report, because they had “nothing bad to say”.

The lyrics are:  I rolled out this morning…. kids had the morning news show on
                      Bryant Gumbel was talking about the fighting in Lebanon
                      Some senator was squawking about the bad economy
                      It’s gonna get worse you see we need a change in policy

                      There’s a local paper rolled up in a rubber band
                      One more sad story’s one more than I can stand
                      Just once, how I’d like to see the headline say
                      Not much to print today can’t find nothing bad to say

                      Because…  Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
                      Nobody OD’d, nobody burned a single building down
                      Nobody fired a shot in anger…nobody had to die in vain
                      We sure could use a little good news today
                          
                      I’ll come home this evening…I’ll bet that the news will be the same
                      Somebody takes a hostage…somebody steals a plane
                      How I wanna hear the anchor man talk about a county fair
                      And how we cleaned up the air…how everybody learned to care

                      Whoa, tell me…  Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
                      And in the streets of Ireland all the children had to do was play
                      And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
                      We sure could use a little good news today

Again, this was written in 1983 and yet we seem to be in a worse situation today.  People are mean to each other, will not have dialog together and many have to have it their way.  Where does the change start?  It starts with you and me!

Old fisherman wisdom says when you are faced with a rapid current, slow down.  Take careful steps.  Set your foot down firmly, slowly, or you may be swept away.  We need to slow down and take time for each other, to treat each other with respect and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We sure could use a little Good News today!

Pastor Bud

 

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