The headlines of late are sobering and saddening.
And though certainly worthy of being given space and time and attention and prayers, they are not the only news.
I repeat. THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY NEWS. I don’t want to be the kind of person who lives in denial of the pain and suffering around me. But I also fear we (at least ‘we’ Americans) are so prone to dichotomist thinking that we don’t make enough space to hold more than one truth. The world is either a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad place OR it is a all rainbows and kittens.
Living in the messy middle is about being able to name the pain and suffering and look for ways to help AND being able to name the joys and successes and look for ways to enjoy life.
You know the headlines that crossed your path this week, but they were not the complete truth. Here are a few you might have missed.
Grandma uses chocolate therapy to help wilted child
Every day this week Grandma picked up Niece #1 from a long day of band camp (!!! a real editor would remove those). Niece #1 was greeted with two small pieces of chocolate and an adult who looked for small ways to validated her day and add a few laughs on the drive home.
In other news, and better yet, a variation of this happened again and again. At sports and band camps, caring adults encouraged and invested in kids.
Sisters prepare future 1st Grader
Niece #4 started first grade this week, bringing the joy known as school lunch! She loves talking and is easily distractible so much discussion has occurred with older sisters wondering what lunch time would be like for her. This week, #2 and #3 packed a lunch that would be exactly like the ones she’ll eat during the school year, gave her 20 minutes to consume it, and timed her.
They were happy to report she came in under time! May this predict a good first grade year for her and millions of others.
Strangers nice on an airplane
Two people who appeared not to know each other joked as they boarded a crowded plane. The line was long and the jetway hot, yet they were friendly. It was reported that later when they saw each other in the post flight bathroom break on the way to luggage they greeted each other with fondness and even a bit of travel humor.
We hear about the few really ugly fliers, can you imagine the joy we’d experience if every single time two people were kind to each other?
There are other headlines in our lives too (Memorial Service to be held for Peter). but if all we share are these kind of headlines, it’s not a balanced diet for our souls. If there is anything we learn from hanging around Jesus in the Gospels, it’s that he dined from all tables and didn’t fed himself with just one kind of food. Our minds and souls need to be fed a balanced diet too.
Please share a headline from your week in the comments and help to feed my soul :) — all headlines welcome! (Ok, most, welcome :))