Wednesday, July 11, 2012

renewed softness

Yesterday I went out into Dwaleni, one of the communities we work in here in S. Africa. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years. That's a long time, in my opinion, but there's a sweetness in it that I want to stay in. I found myself affected by the sights as if visiting Africa for the first time. Dilapidated shacks, malnourished children, teenage mothers, the scene hasn't changed much in 2 1/2 years, but I found a renewed softness.

I remember all too well that place I was in 2 1/2 years ago...on the verge of burnout, literally feeling like I had nothing left to give, and wanting to crawl in a hole. I had become numb to that scene in my backyard. I want these familiar scenes to tug at my heart strings every.single.time, because they should, and they need to.

Home in Dwaleni

Dwaleni roads

Charity 

And how about that sweet, sweet smile? Joy isn't about what you have, is it? It's a choice we must make daily.

4 comments :

Elisa | blissfulE said...

This is so, so good. Praise God!

Bren said...

It's wonderful to know that your choice to reboot, refill your spirit has resulted in this new tender place again. You made the right choices. Be bless!

MaryAnne K said...

And children are so good at finding joy in the starkest circumstances!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yes, ma'am. It is a choice that we must daily make. Your photo journalism is wonderful, Jen. I'm just catching up and am amazed. May God bless and keep you and yours and may His love flow through you like water to the sea... blessings and prayers ~ tanna
ps thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers.

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