A Little Bit of Sunshine

by | May 2, 2024 | Pastor's Blog | 0 comments

Good afternoon, friends, this is Pastor Don. I wanted to share just the outline of an article Mary Ann referred to me the other day. It is entitled: “Five things to be optimistic about in America today.” and it was written in April by Noah Smith who is a Blogger, a journalist and an academic.

He confesses that his recent writings about world affairs have been pretty pessimistic. But he wanted to tell us all that there is good news in the middle of the bad.

1) Crime is going down. He documented these things, so you can check them out. Violent crime spiked in 2020, but in 2022 is started to fall and it fell even more in 2023

2) We’re making progress against climate change. Things like solar power, batteries, and other green technologies have gotten cheaper at astounding rates. Decarbonization is becoming a smart economic option

3) The US economy is growing pretty fast. American income is increasing and is doing so faster than many other developed countries

4) Younger generations are doing better than their parents and not just the rich ones either. There is good progress being made among more disadvantaged young generations.

5) Wage inequality is falling. Since 2019, low and medium wage workers have been doing better.

So there is good news! I’m not saying everything is rosy. You know it isn’t. But it’s good to know that it isn’t all gloomy either! It is good to give thanks and recognize when things are headed in the right direction! So, I hope that a little good news helps you have a great day today.

Let’s pray: God of all of us, thank you for these bright places in our world. And thank you for being there for us through good times and bad. Amen

Pastor Don Crist