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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 10, 2023: Brazil’s First Indigenous Woman Chief in Key Position, Pledges for Pakistan, Miraculous Survival, and Two Bird Rescues

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Brazil to Have First Indigenous Woman Chief in Key Position

Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will appoint Sônia Guajajara to head a new Ministry of Indigenous Peoples. She was elected to congress in October and included in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Read more from AP.

Over Nine Billion Dollars Pledged for Pakistan

Dozens of countries and international institutions pledged more than $9 billion to help Pakistan recover from devastating floods. The pledges came at a recent UN conference. AP has details here.

Four Survive Plunge Off 250 Foot Cliff

Last week, I mentioned an emerging story about a family of four who survived going over a 250-foot cliff in their car. In a disturbing twist, police took the driver into custody after determining he intentionally drove off the cliff. Still, it’s miraculous that all four passengers, including two children, survived. Here’s more from NBC News.

Kayaker Rescues Bald Eagle

Volunteer Jim Tibensky used his kayak to rescue a young bald eagle from the ice near Chicago

New York Residents Rescue Birds Stuck in the Ice

Buffalo residents Seamus Gallivan and Alex McArthur helped free 16 birds stuck in ice after the recent winter storm. They used a hammer, chisels, and screwdrivers. One had ice stuck to it, so they took it home in a box to warm up by their fireplace. “After a few hours … the bird looked more alert, so they took the bird outside and it flew away. That inspired them to keep looking for more birds to save.” ABC News has the details.

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Who But You…

Today’s prompt: “start with who/whom” Begin your post with either “who” or “whom” and go from there. Have fun!

“Who but you

could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies

and dream of me?

What kind of love

is writing my story until the end

with mercy’s pen?

That’s how the song starts that I will be singing Sunday morning in church, God willing. The song is “Alive,” as recorded by Natalie Grant. I hope I can do it some kind of justice and not get lost in the feeling, because I love this song. I love the words and the music, the rhythm and how it crescendos and softens.

Tomorrow will be the first time since Christmas that we’ve been inside the church for a regular service. We’ll be wearing masks and keeping safe distance, though I will not be wearing a mask when I sing. I’ve tried, and it’s too hard to get enough air on the inhale. But I’ll be tucked away in a corner behind the altar, at least 10 to 20 feet from anyone, I hope. All the rest of our music will be instrumental on the organ. I am honored, but mostly I hope people can feel the song.

Imagine the deep sadness, the agony Mary Magdalene felt watching Jesus die. Whether you believe Jesus was and is the divine son of God, or just a man who lived and was killed for his revolutionary ideas about love and equality, it was painful for those who loved him to watch him die. Imagine Mary Magdalene going to take care of his body in the tomb, wanting so badly to see him, but knowing he his dead since that dark day, the darkest day she has ever known.

Then, she sees him, and he is alive! I love how this video with the song shows her joy and the awe of the men she goes to tell about this miracle, that Jesus is alive!

I’m sure I’ve shared this song before, but this is where the stream has taken me today. May you feel joy and awe at this story and being alive!

Death has lost and love has won.

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Good News Tuesday: Wake Up Miracle, Pool Rescue, Kidney Donor, and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, Plus 10 Kindness Stories from 2018

There’s a lot of good news happening in the world, and I’m grateful to have found these examples. Thank you to professionals in media who cover and share these stories. Now if we could just have more balance for healthier minds and a healthier world.

Scott Came Back!

Scott Marr was in a coma, completely unresponsive, and was not expected to live. His family made the difficult decision to have his breathing tube removed. They started making funeral plans and prepared to say their goodbyes. Then, a miracle happened.

11 Year old Boy Saves Grown Man from Drowning

Advaik Nandikotkur was the only one at the apartment pool who knew how to swim. When they saw the man at the bottom of the pool with arms raised and eyes wide, his mother knew her son had taken swimming lessons and urged Adviaik to help.

Grocery Store Cashier Offers to Donate her Kidney

Cashier Leilani Aguirre asked her customer Mr. Drummond why he was looking so sad. He told her his wife Donnie needed a kidney transplant. Leilani offered her kidney which turned out to be a perfect match. This newscast does a good job  showing their heartwarming story.

California Banned the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

With alternatives readily available it’s time to phase out testing on animals, particularly with cosmetics.  I know this is a process that will take time, but kudos to California and other places where progress is happening.

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10 Stories of Good News and Kindness from 2018

These highlights are quick and easy to read, and you can click on each story for details, compliments of The Good News Network. Click the link below and enjoy!

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/most-popular-stories-of-kindness-from-2018/

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Miracle Flower

Flower growing out of wall

Flower Growing From My Church Wall, by JoAnne Silvia

 

The wind must have blown fiercely

to lodge the seed between the bricks,

in just the right place where it would not be washed away.

The seed waited for moisture, to release  its life force.

It welcomed the rain flowing down through the channels

and pushed roots into the gritty mortar,

searching for  nourishment

to build the long, bare stem,

reaching up and out with all its strength

to the light,

letting the rain run down its stem

back to the roots.

The single yellow flower at the end of the long stalk

bloomed where it was planted,

living life to the fullest,

a beacon of hope.