Yesterday I was thinking about a news source that I use sometimes. I respect this news source and I think it is pretty reliable. However, the great majority of the news it reports is about things that make me sad and sometimes that break my heart. While I am grateful that this news source laments those hard things, I long for it to report more of the very good things that happen in our country and the world. There are so many.
Yesterday I thought about contacting them and suggesting that they report good things sometimes. Then soon after I sat down to write to you, I realized that you and I can do something about this negative news tendency. We can be reporters ourselves. We can share good news with the people we know. We can tell about things that make other people feel optimistic rather than downhearted. We can make other people feel the way Paul felt when Timothy came to him.
But now that Timothy has come to us from you,
and has brought us good news of your faith and love,
and that you always think kindly of us,
longing to see us just as we also long to see you,
for this reason, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and affliction
we were comforted about you through your faith;
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
1 Thessalonains 3:6-8
Like Timothy we too can share news that comforts others in their distress and affliction.
When I looked for a poster to share with you for this Saturday, I found this one from 1914 to 1918. The Red Cross was a powerful force for good in Europe during the 1910s. Again and again during research among the images of the Library of Congress, I have found pictures of Red Cross workers filling needs in Europe during that time.
The caption for this picture is: Posters. One of the posters used by the Red Cross Child Welfare Department in its work. The artist, Miss A. M. Upjohn, is a member of the American Red Cross personnel in Paris.
Thank you for working for child welfare. By that I mean, the welfare of your own children and the welfare of their children and their children. You do this by the sacrifices you make every day to do what you do. You are a source of good news every day.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work
and the love which you have shown toward His name,
by having served and by still serving the saints.