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Good News/Bad News

Lindsey Smallwood

I’m writing for our church’s blog this week on leftover Easter candy, Prince Harry’s new baby, Rachel Held Evan’s death and the tensions always present when trying to live in reality with hope.

My kids got a lot of candy on Easter this year, so much candy that I had to make a rule about how much they could eat each day. My youngest responded to the new rule in typical two-year-old fashion: a fist-pounding screaming tantrum on the floor.

I calmly responded that if he stopped his fit, there would be a chance for more candy tomorrow but if he persisted, I would just throw it all away. The tears dried up instantly.

Later, apropos of nothing, he told my husband (who hadn’t seen the incident) “Dad, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is no. But the good news is tomorrow.” My husband looked at me, confused, and I explained about the candy.

But then my toddler just kept saying it:

I have good news and bad news.
The bad news is no.
The good news is tomorrow.

In the last couple weeks, he’s repeated these words to friends who came for dinner. The teacher in his Bible class. A clerk at the store.

All over town, Oliver keeps making this announcement. I’ve stopped explaining about the candy and I’ve just let the words speak for themselves. The more I’ve heard them, the truer they seem.

I have good news and bad news.

Isn’t this the way life feels? I find myself constantly navigating joy and sadness, hope and doubt. Reading through my news feed this morning, I was overwhelmed again with sadness at the passing of Rachel Held Evans, a writer whose work and witness have shaped my faith. She died recently of complications from the flu, despite being otherwise healthy, leaving behind a husband and two young children. It seems so senseless and tragic.

But also on my news feed was a video of Prince Harry, who became a dad today for the first time. The joy on his face as he shares his news and exclaims “…how any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension!” is so tender and sweet. 

Good news and bad news is always happening all at once but…

Continue reading at The River Church Community’s Estuaries Blog.