What is good news?

“Take 20 minutes and list the ways God
is already using you to be good news …”

God showed me a robin in the snow,
so I hung a feeder from my window:
so far no one has used it but
the cats live in hope.

What is good?
What is news?
There is none good but God alone,
and nothing new under the sun.

Bad news from a stranger elicited
kindness from a slew of friends;
did choosing their compliments
make them smile? Good news out of self-pity.

Has it been 20 minutes

And then, I celebrated Eucharist,
giving thanks, breaking bread, singing
holy, holy, holy
Lord, is God using me?

Or, with the tenderness of love,
are They lifting me with one hand while
the other waits to catch me
as I fall?

I am participating in a 20-day Evangelism Challenge designed by the Revd Dr Patricia Lyons for and with the Diocese of Ohio. Clearly, it’s a good thing that I set the expectation up front that I might not post every day.
Today’s prompt asks participants to “Take 20 minutes and list the ways God is already using you to be good news to those around you. Are there patterns? Does anything surprise you?”

Sign up for more prompts at https://www.dohio.org/offices/congregations-christian-formation/2022-winter-convocation

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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