Christian Chronicle

2020 in quotes: Pain and joy

From a pandemic to a space mission, the year brought unpredictable and unforgettable news.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

A global pandemic. Prayers for racial justice. A Christian astronaut launching into outer space.

These were among the top stories in The Christian Chronicle during 2020.

In their own words, Christians describe the heartbreak, hope and  even humor that characterized the past 12 months:

“There is evil in this world, and evil took two of my dear friends. Not a bullet from a gun — evil. Not ideology — evil.” — minister Britt Farmer, at a prayer service for his grieving church after a gunman killed two beloved members. (Page 1, February)

“He knew heaven was where he was going to go. Even though we didn’t plan for it to happen this way, he died in the house of the Lord, serving.” — Sarah Wallace, speaking about her father, Anton Lamont “Tony” Wallace, who died in the church shooting. (Page 12, February)

“Before we knew Jesus was going to hold her that night, she did. We do not believe the Lord took our girl from us. We believe he is holding our girl for us. And Hattie loves to be held.” — youth minister Matt Collins, after the death of his 4-year-old daughter, Hattie Jo, in a Tennessee tornado. (Page 1, April)

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This story appears in the January edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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