A Note From The Editor – August 28th, 2015
By Sarah Komisky
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born you to this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
– Luke 2:10-11 (NKJV)
A part of being a journalist is to be a story teller. It’s our job to do the research, find the heart of the story, and tell it well. This does happen, but far too often something is missing. Something called hope. You hear or read about a tragedy simply as that and the journalist is simply the one that gives the report with detachment, desensitization, and deflating of anything positive. It’s this reporting that disheartens me. Over and over we hear about wars, killings, societal ills, and evil that is considered the norm and we hardly ever hear about anything good. I always wondered why this was, but maybe it is because those people don’t have that hope to give.
It’s no wonder why I loved the Dateline story on the kid who had a free front porch piano concert for his community, or when ESPN highlighted the D3 women’s basketball player who played with terminal cancer. Or maybe it’s why I love all the little stories on people the Today show features, enjoy Tim Tebow’s “Motivate Me Mondays” where inspirational stories are highlighted, or the reason I find Huell Howser’s Californian discoveries with personal and homey flair so interesting. Those are the stories I want to read. The ones I want to write. As journalist, it’s my favorite part of what I get to do – I get to share good news.
Deep inside all of us we want to know that hope still exists and that there is still good. So, in this issue, I am going to deliver that to you, because I believe it’s needed. In this issue lies stories that are not easy, cozy, or pain free by any means, but they are all infused with the hope we crave. It is the backbone to each piece, and without it, there would not be much of a story at all. From a Mom who lost her little girl and is currently sharing the hope she found with the masses, to a musician who found hope to dream again after his mom’s death. From a non-profit organization who is shining hope in the dark issue known as human trafficking, to the ministries who serve alongside them with song and hand crafted jewelry. To knitting shawls made to give hope to those in need it, and hope shown through the life of a former atheist. Additionally, there is also hope shown in areas of discontentment, fatherlessness, perfectionism, romance, and even in fashion this fall where we celebrate trendy items that honor God!
So with a smile, I share with you an issue where hope is sprinkled in each article. This is the journalist, the writer, I choose to be, the writers Marked Ministry choose to be, and the best thing is that Jesus is the author of this hope. The very message He brought called the gospel or “Good News” that a Savior has come. So join us! Proclaim it! And may you be filled with hope anew. It’s time we hope again and the time starts now.
Sarah Komisky, Editor in Chief