Happy New Year everyone!
January is a month of renewal, and for us in Alaska, it will be a month of rebuilding.
All around us, there is destruction on a sliding scale. Some lost a few dishes, some a whole home. I’m most worried about those who lost something more valuable and much harder to replace.
This issue was planned long before November 30th. Before people slept with flashlights on their nightstands and boots at the end of the bed. Before we thought daily about how many gallons of water we had on hand. Before we thought about the bridge and just how far 10 miles could really be.
Did we have unwavering faith that “everything would be ok?”
This issue was planned to be a discussion on faith. What does faith mean to people? What do people have faith in right now, God, family, government? Do people have faith in humanity?
However, at 8:29 am on November 30th, 2018, the tenor of faith for many changed. It had to.
So, instead of a discussion of faith, this issue is full of what people hold on to in their hearts while their faith was tested. This month’s stories tell how they were able to survive the fear and the dark, and how they will move forward into the light of renewal and rebuilding.
Daniel Shepard gives us a wonderful story about faith in a city where crime is quite possibly the worst anywhere in the country. The title of his story is Backup for Those Wearing Blue.
My Faith in Humanity is Frank Baker’s contribution this month. In a personal story, Frank shares a bit of what shaped his thoughts on faith as he grew up.
If you have a child affected by epilepsy in your life, read Dr. Jacquelyn Crace-Murray’s emotional and riveting story about her son and his life-threatening experience Gran Mal/Gran Fe. Dr. Jacquelyn Crace-Murray’s faith helped her get through the challenges her family faced.
Bill Pearch is a new contributor this month. Kaleigh, our publisher, has been trying to get Bill to write for the ECHO for months. Bill is a competitive shooter, firearms instructor and he runs many of the matches at Birchwood Shooting and Recreation Park. In his story, Bill talks about how having faith that you can do something, is the first step to success. Check out his story: How to Miss Every Target.
Sara Kennedy is back writing about Believe in Food. We’re so glad she’s writing again for the Echo.
Joelyn Betz tells us her scary experience during the November quake – when she was out of town – in The Face of Crisis. She was thousands of miles away from her home and son when the quakes hit, and her faith got her through the chaos of the crisis.
Leap Into Action is brought to us by Chaplain (Colonel) Rick Koch, the State Command Chaplain for the Alaska National Guard. Chaplain Kock tells us a heartwarming story of when he took a leap of faith as a young Boy Scout.
If you’re missing my Good Things stories, you can find new ones online at https://www.echoak.com/contributors/good-things/.
Finally, we’re so delighted that you, dear readers, are part of the ECHO family. Thank you for reading and engaging with us. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook. We’d love to see you there.
May you have a wonderful, abundant, happy life filled with love in the year to come. With a little faith, I’m sure it’ll happen.
Happy New Year from all of us at the ECHO and Eagle River Printing.
Editor, ECHO Magazine