You tell the good news first and that makes the bad news more palatable. It’s a time honored tradition. In King David’s time, the messenger came from the battle and told the bad news of the battle and the king was angry until the messenger said, “and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.” Since David had been sleeping with Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, and had sent Uriah into battle hoping he would drop dead, this was good news and David felt a lot better. God was not happy with David. The story of Bathseba is unique in the Bible. King David is God’s favorite, yet he seduces his neighbor’s wife, kills her husband and gets away with it, but not without cost. His son is killed. I thought about this story a great deal as I was growing up. Could I be bad and still loved? When you have good news and bad news, roll out the good news first.