Joy in the Journey?

Journeys can be fun. Planning, packing and preparing help get us ready for the actual event, the movement from one place to another. Some times the journey can be harder than the preparing and sometime the journey can be the last thing we want to do.

The Advent / Christmas season is a time when I am reminded about a different journey. The journey of humankind through history, waiting for a Messiah, a saving King and then the journey of a baby to earth, a baby who would grow-up, live among us and die as the Saviour of the world.

Our blog’s tagline is Seeking Joy in our Journey. The journey being the call we have following God wherever he is taking us.

Joy can be a hard emotion to capture. Living in Haiti many of the things we see and experience around us do not give us a deepening sense of joy. There are many other emotions to describe these things. Maybe pain or hurt are a better words to describe it. Many days we are discouraged, beat down, and frustrated.

Many people experience Haiti as a place of great need and great disparity and experience only this. As difficult as it is we have decided to look beyond this. If you look joy is there.

Joy on the face of children playing.

DSCN1140Joy in the face of the worshipers celebrating the completion of the construction of their church.

DSCN2447Joy in the participants as they celebrate their graduation from a training course they have been involved with for the past 3 years.

DSCN2012 And this joy brings joy to our journey as we experience, with Haitians, the joy of transformation happening in lives and communities, the joy that Haitians embrace as they cling to the promises Jesus has for them.

But the Advent season and our own journeys are also about anticipation. Anticipation in what God is going to do through Jesus His son and anticipation of the unknown in our own journey and what God might do through us. We often do not know where our journey will take us but we live in the anticipation that wherever He takes us God has gone before us and travels with us.

It is our hope that you will find joy not just in your journey and not just this Christmas season but joy in the anticipation of wherever God may lead you.

Merry Christmas and Blessings on Your Way!

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