There’s a lot of dark news out there.
But I saw something recently that made me feel good.
It’s my Happy New Year story.
This story actually takes place before Christmas.
My husband and I returned to Deltaville, Virginia after snagging a line on our propeller and were waiting for the boatyard to open after Christmas.
We took advantage of the delay to rent a car and visit my family in Cambridge for a couple of days.
On the rainy Christmas Eve morning, we headed back to the boat. As we left town, we saw something strange—a young man holding a Labrador retriever by the collar on the side of the busy highway.
We didn’t know what was going on but it looked odd so my husband made a u-turn and went back to see if the person needed help.
No, he explained. He had seen two dogs running loose in the median strip between the highway. He stopped his truck and was able to grab hold of one of the dogs while the other ran to safety in the woods.
The dog had a collar tag so the young man called the dog’s owner to come pick up his adventure pup. He was just waiting for the owner to arrive. Standing in the rain. Holding tight so the dog wouldn’t go wandering again and get himself hurt. Or worse.
As my husband got the story, the dog’s owner drove up. He explained that the other dog had been recovered by his owner as well.
It was a happy ending for everyone.
I’m thankful for that young man who stopped his truck in the rain, wrangled a dog in danger, and reunited him with his family.
No matter how many terrible things happen every day, there are people helping others in small ways.
My wish for you this New Year’s eve is that you are blessed with many stories of people who help. Because they make the world a more hopeful place.
Happy New Year!