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Father, we thank You for all that You did in 2022. As we move into 2023, we pray that You would help us not to get lost in the depressing news, but to look for You in the world around us.

The news can often be discouraging. Let’s take time to focus on the positive and see what God is doing across the nation.

From The Washington Times. With the daily news filled with so much pain, desperation and negativity, it’s always refreshing to find stories that elevate positivity and point to human nature’s better side.

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As we head into 2023, let’s explore … stories that show the positive forces of kindness, goodness and generosity. Each of these accounts is a reminder of what can happen when people choose to live their lives loving God and loving others.

• Good Samaritan saves man’s life. With winter storms in recent days claiming dozens of lives, a good Samaritan went above and beyond the call of duty. Sha’Kyra Aughtry of Buffalo, New York, took in a disabled man who was struggling amid record snowfall and frigid weather.

Ms. Aughtry saw Joe White yelling for help outside her home and promptly brought him inside to feed him, give him warmth and tend to his wounds.

Her actions were potentially lifesaving, as it took officers hours to get to Mr. White. He was taken to a hospital and is being treated for severe frostbite. …

• Cops stop Grinch from stealing Christmas. Then there’s the story of a real-life Grinch who broke into a South Bend, Indiana, house Christmas Eve morning. The culprit might have run off with food and gifts under the tree, but he didn’t ruin the holiday.

The South Bend Police Department, after learning about the break-in, discovered that the cops’ “Santa’s Elficers” program for kids and families in need had some leftover gifts.

So police officers stepped in to save the day, providing toys for the family’s children, who would have otherwise had nothing to unwrap Christmas morning. …

• Church brings Christmas joy to thousands. And the acts of kindness don’t end there. A New Mexico church gave Christmas gifts to 2,500 kids this holiday season, bringing joy to young people in need.

Calvary Church, which gave a total of 5,000 toys to the children, said the effort was rooted in celebrating the true meaning of the holiday season.

“We are tangibly showing the love of our Savior to people, which is what it’s all about,” Pastor Skip Heitzig said. “It’s a good time to give to people and to show them there’s a God in heaven who knows them by name and individually. It’s our privilege to do this.” …

Are you encouraged by these stories? If so, share this article with your friends and family to encourage them!

(Excerpt from The Washington Times. Photo Credit: Canva)

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Eileen L Fields
January 1, 2023

I Praise God for these stories! The news media very rarely reports Good News, they rather tell us a whole lot of depressing stuff! Thanks, for sharing!

January 1, 2023

Thank You !! Great examples of Christ’s branches bearing fruit. We will hv the opportunity to be Jesus to someone every single day! As followers and intercessors we must not miss these opportunities.
Father thank you for 2022 and the HUGE victories like th overturn of Roe v Wade. We also know we can be miracles to many suffering if we keep our eyes open and on YOU. Our prayers fr 2023 are that you can bless -through us. From a casual encounter at Walmart to the travailing prayers for our Supreme Court Justices, our Lamb of God we look to You. Always and only in JESUS name !!

Pat R
January 1, 2023

Kindness and love can be seen in gestures large or small. I try to share a smile and kind word with those who serve me at the grocery store, coffee shop, etc.


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