December 22, 2016
THE GOOD NEWS OF 2016: NEWSWEEK STORIES THAT MADE US HAPPY
There’s no arguing against what has been relentlessly declared in the media: 2016 was bad. While it’s important to reflect on the rage, death and mosquitoes that defined the past year, consuming an endless stream of bad news can take a serious toll, and Americans are already stressed out as it is.
If you’re feeling particularly rotten about the year that was, just remember that a zero-fuel plane completed a round-the-world trip and a dog accidentally ran a half-marathon. There is hope yet.
Here are our offerings for the stressed and downtrodden—a list of news stories that made us happy in 2016, written by Newsweek writers.
A major political party nominated a woman.
Hillary Clinton may have lost her White House bid. But she broke down an embarrassing barrier, becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major American political party. —Matt Cooper
There is hope for Nigeria’s missing girls.
Thirty months after Boko Haram had abducted more than 200 girls from their school dormitories in northeast Nigeria, there were desperately few signs of hope for the families of the missing. Until October, only a single “Chibok girl” had escaped from the Islamist group. But on October 13, the Nigerian government unexpectedly announced that 21 of the girls had been freed following negotiations with a faction of the militant group, with the possibility of more to follow. —Conor Gaffey
Cuba and America came together over baseball.
After working to normalize relations with Cuba throughout his time in office, President Barack Obama visited Havana in March to attend an exhibition baseball game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays. It was a momentous occasion. They even released doves to signify the newly forged bond between the two nations. —Ryan Bort.
In 2016, one dog accidentally ran a half-marathon, and one hero dog was elected for a third term as mayor of a small town in Minnesota. Dogs! They’re great. How do we deserve them? —Zach Schonfeld
A zero-fuel plane completed a round-the-world trip.
After being told by the aviation industry that flying day and night without a drop of fuel was impossible, André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard became the first pilots to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane. The success of Solar Impulse gives hope for a clean and sustainable future. —Anthony Cuthbertson
Source: Newsweek Staff
Mark 1:1 (CEV)
This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
1 Corinthians 15:1 (NCV)
Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to remember the Good News I brought to you. You received this Good News and continue strong in it.
Romans 10:15 (ESV)
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
What does today’s God’s Story scripture teach us about good news?
It’s fun to read about good news for 2016. I’d like to add this story to the above list:
The Best Good News of all time: Birth of a baby in Bethlehem.
And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” — The word of God
How can I connect today’s God’s Story scripture to my life?
Take stock of the good news that you have experienced this year. How has God blessed you and how have you been a blessing to others? Think of ways you can continue to be “feet” for the Good News of Jesus.
How can I connect Today’s Story, God’s Story, and My Story to others?
Share some ‘good news’ stories with friends.
Tell someone the Good News of the birth of Jesus.