I’ve been trying to remember what I considered good news when I was younger. I suppose it depended on which stage of “younger” we’re talking about. There was a season when good news included things such as:
Only one more week until Christmas
We’re going to your grandmother’s (either one, didn’t matter)
Look, there’s a package under the tree with your name on it
Later it became things like:
Last day of school for two weeks
Your curfew tonight is 12 instead of 11
Yes, you may have the car
Good news when I was younger was often (most often?) about things that brought me joy, or at the very least some fleeting temporal happiness. That’s most likely true for many of us.
Even when we’re younger, I think, good news sometimes comes disguised as bad news. Initially it may seem to be the worse possible thing, and then we discover that it’s really good news. Because we’re younger and perhaps more open to surprise, we can sometimes see in the oddest places some hint that maybe, just maybe, there is good news in there.
A 12 to 14 year old girl is visited by an angel with the incredible announcement that she will have a child. Is this an illusion? A figment of her imagination? A dream? And how, in her circumstance, can it possibly be good news?
Mary claims the news both as true and as good, not simply for her but for all people. This Sunday, as we visit our series “For All People” we shall take a look at part of her story (Luke 1:26-38) and think together about what might be “Good News for the Young.”
I hope to see you. Perhaps you’ll hear or experience something that is good news for you.
Grace and peace.