Some of us have some difficulty adjusting back to our busy lives and the upcoming Holiday Season. It doesn't seem fair that we have so much and other people have so little. Perhaps if we can use the "JOY" in our thoughts and memories, we will be able to embrace our transition making it a little easier.
I've thought of a few examples:
JOY in serving with no phones or computers.
JOY in putting our skills and talents to use.
JOY in the children's faces when we teach them a simple clapping game.
JOY in an elderly man's eyes when a new pair of glasses allows him to see.
JOY in working with a team dedicated to same result and going from strangers to a team in just a few hours.
JOY in receiving a blessing from a mother after treating her ill child.
Joy is falling exhausted into bed after a busy clinic day but excited to do it all over again the next day.
JOY in being served buy the very people we came to serve and experiencing their incredible generosity.
JOY in learning than 100 year old people have the spirit and faith that we can learn from.
JOY in knowing this experience has changed our lives and we can't wait to do it again.
JOY to return to our loving and supportive families and friends and to share with them our memories of this trip and to continue our mission at home.
JOY as we approach the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas with new meaning that God has called us to help him continue his healing ministry. What better time of year than this to give him thanks for the JOY we've experienced.
JOY to the World, the Lord has come!
Lord help us to find JOY in our last clinic day as we strive to provide health care to these wonderful people in need. Let us continue to bring JOY and service to our lives back home. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
By Sara Murry