Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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August 10, 2013

A positive minute: N is for news

Proverbs 25:25:

“As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.”

I have heard it for years; “Bad news is what sells papers.” So it would seem. It doesn’t matter the size of the city from which the paper comes, you can be assured there will be some bad news in it and, the bad news may well make the front page.

I have also heard that bad news spreads fast. That may well be very true as well, but I would like to think that good news has a place on the front pages of our newspapers and a headline article on the primetime TV news.

We do hear about some good things that are being done in our society, but it’s usually hidden in the mumble-jumble of the bad or least interesting news items.

As the passage from Proverbs says, “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.”

Many years ago, I hosted a weekly radio broadcast that was heard in the Caribbean Islands. It was always exciting to receive a letter from one of the listeners. They would tell me how much they enjoyed the program and how the message touched them.

It was refreshing to my soul to hear how God had been working through me for that time. It was an interesting ministry as I would prepare an audio tape and mail it to the radio station located on the island of St. Martin.

It seemed that every time I went to the post office to mail a tape the postage was always a bit different, even though the package weighed the same. When we figured out how much the shipping should be, I asked the postmaster for a copy of the rate out of the rate book she used. From then on it was always the same.

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