Oh, the News, News, News, NEWS!

We had just passed our local news building when I heard his question from the backseat.

“Mommy, what’s in that big building back there?”

“That’s the building where news is produced and newspapers are printed.”

“Oh, yeah, yeah. I know what newspapers are.”

“Oh, you do, do you? So what are they?”

“They are papers you read about things.”

“You’re right, buddy. The newspaper is a place where you read about the things that are going on in our city, state, country, and world.”

Thinking about all the pain that has recently flooded the newspapers, I breathed a heavy sigh. But before I was able to take my next breath and explain my sad exhale to the naive, little boy in the backseat, he had something else to add to our “news exchange.”

“Yeah, Mommy, Like that ‘Hark, the Angel.’ ”

I was completely confused.

What had prompted such a quick shift in our conversation? One minute we’re talking about those stinky, crinkly, finger-staining publications and now we’ve moved on to spiritual beings in the heavenly realms!?!?

I was lost.

“What are you talking about, buddy?”

“You know! That ‘Hark, the Angel’ that brought the good news of Baby Jesus!!!” 

I was completely caught off guard by his stream of consciousness.

Newspapers…news…Hark the Herald Angels Sing…The Christmas story…GOOD NEWS! 

“Umm…uhh…yeah. You’re right, buddy. That WAS news, wasn’t it!?!”

“Yep!”

I haven’t been able to shake that seemingly out-of-the-blue comparison since Friday morning and now, after really giving it some thought, I’m not so sure I want to shake it.

So what was that news that Caden was recalling that my seasoned mind couldn’t remember? What headline did, “Hark, the Angel,” proclaim to those shepherds keeping watch over their flock?

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:10-11

Caden was spot on!

THIS WAS NEWS!

A baby, a rescuer, a Savior for sin!

Peace, Joy, and a King at the inn!

IT WAS GOOD NEWS!

And just as quickly as I saw my son’s sweet, innocent comparison, my world-weathered mind was drawn to the absolute contrast found within his association of the good news and the news. 

Hark the herald angels sing
‘Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled

War, tension, judgments, and divisions…

Labels, lies, and unfair decisions…

Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’

Pain, poverty, injustice, and fear…

Troubles, trials, and people with tears…

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Debts, polls, and empty instruction…

Bombs, attacks, and deadly destruction…

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Disease, death, and plans went wrong…

Bans, protests, and angry throngs…

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings

Terrorists, politics, and sad suicide…

Abuse, misuse, and global genocide…

Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Hostages, horrors, and unborn victims…

Homeless, heretics, and failed money systems…

Hark! The herald angels sing
‘Glory to the newborn King!’

Yes, yes, Caden…you were right.

That news that “Hark, the Angel” brought was most definitely NEWS!

In fact, it’s some of the VERY BEST NEWS our world has EVER heard, and it’s the ONLY news that will TRULY heal, redeem, and fully right all the bad news we read today.

Hark! The herald angels sing
‘Glory to the newborn King!’

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